McGurk: Election is a hollow charade for voters

Our situation, controlled by Europe, means that the ritual of Irish elections is reminiscent of the former eastern bloc

21st February, 2016
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Just before the collapse of the Iron Curtain, I was shooting a television documentary in Hungary. Western press access was still carefully controlled and, after a week of red tape, we managed to get permission to film. But the comrades at the Foreign Press Office insisted on giving us a minder, a bright and personable young man who went everywhere with us during the filming.

Eventually, over the days, our relationship warmed enough to allow...

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