Domestically, what is in issue is this: on what possible moral basis does the Oireachtas claim the right to restrict the public expression of opinion?
Once again, the remedy for such social ills is to hand; introduce forms of proceedings in court called Multi-Party Actions.
That imaginary Manhattan of 1942 will live forever and will defeat all other versions of Manhattan from any time.
We should, however, know what it would be like if we do find ourselves as a Plaintiff or a Defendant in litigation.
The proposal needs urgent attention; the register of postal voters needs to be urgently up-dated.
Even so, we should not forget that Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan are both lawyers (and it doesn’t get more centralised than where they are) and there is, or was, (this writer thinks) no checklist in the world that would have prevented them from wrecking the Irish economy.
We now know that barristers and solicitors are very poor judges of economic and financial matters. They (barristers) are the pool from which the judiciary are drawn. Why should they think they are superior?
Real justice would recognise the inequality of arms in this struggle. The formal equality of litigants is often illusory. Lawyers know this and act accordingly.