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Kiberd, Declan

Irish literature professor and columnist for the Irish times

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The Irish Times - Ireland | 05/12/2006

The break-up of Britain

A poll published in the 'Sunday Telegraph' on November 27th revealed that 68 per cent of English voters want their own national parliament. It showed that nearly half seek the total break-up of Britain. Declan Kiberd comments in the Irish daily. "Far from being backward, nationalism is the future. There were 50 nation states when the UN was founded in 1945 - now there are more than 200. ... The poll comes on the eve of a battle between British Labour and Scottish Nationalists for control of the Edinburgh parliament. Some 60 per cent of English voters resent the higher spending-per-head by central government on Scots than on themselves. ... English people question the right of Scottish MPs at Westminster to make laws on solely English concerns; 62 per cent of English voters want the Scottish MPs stripped of this right - and being fair people, almost half of Scots polled agreed with that."

The Irish Times - Ireland | 14/11/2006

Bertie Ahern's governance of the Republic of Ireland

The columnist Declan Kiberd considers how Bertie Ahern has governed the Republic of Ireland since 1997, notably in relation to Europe. "When Ireland held the presidency of the European Union [2004], Ahern's skills as negotiator helped break legal logjams and gave our country a major profile well beyond its actual size. ... Certain contradictions, already latent when Ahern took over, became deeper-rooted in his period of office. As the country adapted ever more closely to the social democratic laws and cultural practices of the European Union, the economy that emerged on the ground was far more characteristic of American capitalism. A leader more visionary than Ahern might have urged the people to move beyond this Boston/Berlin dichotomy and imagine some truly Irish alternative, which blended the better elements of both worlds - but that wasn't his style."

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