The giant brain that is The Irish Times’s Dan O’Brien outlines here the sort of things that the EU may require of us. What’s interesting is that a lot of the things listed are things that a self-respecting reformist government should be doing anyway, crisis or no crisis, for the long term interest of the country. The fact that there is not a single party in the country that will have a manifesto even vaguely close to the radicalism of the EU reforms is telling about the state of us as a people. We’ll be forced to do this stuff, we’ll bitch and complain, and five years from now we’ll be handed back a country in a better state than the one we handed them. Or put it another way: What’s the bets that we’ll reverse hardly any of the reforms we will have been forced to accept?