Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Election At Last

Cowen has finally dissolved the Dail and given us the election that this country so badly needs. Good riddance to him and his disastrous government of Fianna Fail and the Greens. They did untold damage to Ireland; not just to the economy, but also to society and to our political institutions and public life. They threatened the constitutional basis for our democracy and discredited politics and the Oireachtas.

I am looking forward to challenging candidates on the hustings but, sadly, very few call to my door and I do not expect to see much of the cretins from Fianna Fail or the Green Party. If I do, sparks will fly!

Michael Martin cannot escape blame for his part in the disastrous outcome for Ireland of the economic and political actions of Fianna Fail and the Greens. He sat at the cabinet with a Taoiseach (Prime Minister) who did not have a bank account; with a Minister for Finance whose actions brought the country to the brink of ruin; with a Minister for Health who decimated our health service and handed over public hospital property for private gain; with another Minister for Finance who socialised the losses of a rogue private bank and bankrupted the country for the next two generations; with a ragbag of Green loose cannons and with such other luminaries as O'Dea, Coughlan, Carey and the rest. I will never forgive them for the ruin they have visited on the country and hope they are destroyed in the election.

Unfortunately there will be some stupid died-in-the-wool gobshites who, no matter how much devastation Fianna Fail and the Greens visited on the state, will still vote for them again. I can't understand it but hope that anyone who wants to reclaim our country for the people will vote for other parties. I do not agree with many policies of the other parties and already will have difficulty voting for what would normally be my natural choice, the Labour Party. I'm afraid their plans to visit even more misery on the families of higher earners is completely unacceptable to me. So I won't be voting for Brendan Ryan, for whom I have much regard. It is a pity, but that's the way it has to be.

I hope that the election campaign does not comprise a load of cliches and rubbish, as previous ones have been. Already, the ridiculous palaver over the Leaders' Debate is a joke and I blame the Media for that one - and Michael Martin, who started it.

I look forward to a fresh start for Ireland after this election and hope that both Fianna Fail and the Greens will spend a very long time in the wilderness.

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