After the French and Dutch decisively rejected the Constitution at the polls in 2005, in 2008 an Irish electorate delivered a resounding 'Third No', triggering a political earthquake in the capitals of Europe. This book includes the thoughts and ideas of over seventy distinguished thinkers and practitioners across the European Union.
Picture the scene: you're a candidate in the 2007 general election, a Fine Gael hopeful in Cork South-Central. It's a bear pit of a constituency, one of those five-seaters that always frays the nerves. And it's your first time. Jerry Buttimer was this candidate and he did something unique: he kept a diary of the whole thing.