Political debate suffers when politics is personalised

The election campaign has only just begun, but already there are worrying signs of a Trump-style approach, with plenty of personal attacks and dumbing down

19th January, 2020
Political debate suffers when politics is personalised
This election has been billed from the outset as a “presidential-style” campaign

Elections in Ireland have become beauty contests between political personalities, rather than battles of ideas with deep scrutiny of party policies. The narrative in the current campaign reflects this, with a relentless focus on individual candidates and constant tit-for-tat designed to apportion personal blame rather than engage on the complexity of policy. Both the media and the political parties are guilty of this. So far, this election has been about playing the man rather than...

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