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What is it like to lose ALL of the time?

Posted by Jason O on Jul 17, 2010 in Irish Politics |

A former Progressive Democrat knows what it is like to lose. A lot. But it’s also fair to say that PDs can point to a lot of thngs that they (if not their opponents) regard as achievements, in that they are at least goals they sought to achieve in government. I mention  this because I recently read a couple of posts on Politics.ie where various things (The British queen’s visit, EU scrutiny of budgets) were savaged by the usual suspects. It got me thinking, as it has in the past, as to what is it like to go through one’s political life being so pure and uncompromising as to be always on the losing side? Always. The queen will visit. The budget scrutiny will happen. Irishman and women will join the British army. Immigrants will come to Ireland. How does somebody implacably opposed to any of these things, to the degree that they claim they are, get by? Or do they manage to find some special place in their minds where they can retreat to, convincing themselves that one day…  

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