Friday February 28, 2020

The real 'new politics'

Despite the outrage and argument about what Cambridge Analytica said and what Facebook knew, the technological advances made will not be reversed and regulation will be a puny line of protection for voters

22nd March, 2018
Facebook will continue with soothing noises after data controversy. Pic: Getty

When ‘new politics’ was declared a reality, after the 2016 election, there were quite some column inches explaining how this kind of Fine Gael/Fianna Fail 'co-opetition' might work. Sure, they had fallen short of a full-blooded coalition, but their confidence and supply agreement felt like a new age had dawned. Independents joining in and sitting at Cabinet was the icing on the new thing that seemed finally to bring down the curtain on recession and...

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