Political reform is now a dead duck

The government's notion of its own moral superiority is leading it back into old and cynical ways

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Elaine Byrne

19th October, 2014
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There is an odd assumption that exists in Irish public life. Fine Gael and Labour assume that their government is better than Fianna Fáil-led governments because they are better people.

In psychology, this is known as an illusory superiority complex, where individuals overestimate their own qualities and abilities, relative to others. This superiority bias presupposes that the virtue of being in power is enough to execute prudent decision making because the other lot...

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