This has been a year of surprises for politics just as 2008 and 2009 were chaotic transitions for the economy and finance. They remain fellow-travellers as we speak though Society and Culture feel left out. Their turn will come.
All of the changes indicate that some threshold condition has been reached and that the institutions set up after the last bout of chaos in the 1970s have been found wanting. Most of the shortcomings focus upon the European Union and its Member States.
The changes are unsettling and strike at those parts of our country which have made deep-seated efforts to hold back the need to adapt. Naturally, these are the state and para-statal bodies. The last thirteen years have been an attempt to embed and featherbed the public sector professionals. That time is now coming to an end.
Such change will result in a renewed bout of reform, law and democratisation, rebalancing state and society. Removed from the teat, the state will shrink and civil servants will have no option but to 'do more for less'.
The last two years have mocked politics for its irrelevance, and that irrelevance will spread as other institutions prove marginal, when once they were central to our national life.