In an article in today’s Irish Times, John Waters was extremely fatalistic about the prospects of the Reform Alliance, the new, not yet political party lead by Lucinda Creighton.
He laments the missed opportunity. The reform ship has sailed and she’s still standing on the dock.
This defeatist attitude is precisely why our little country is so banjaxed. People accept that that the system is inherently corrupt, that nothing will change, that politicians are all the same, that our leaders are only looking after their own interests. And so we do nothing, and the status quo continues and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Lucinda is a politician who is raising her head above the parapet and is prepared to challenge that status quo.
Tomorrow’s conference hopefully represents the first stage of a process that could effect genuine change in Irish politics and offer voters a real alternative to the current identikit parties.
And they should be given a chance to show what they are capable of. They haven’t yet published a single policy and already the media are dismissing the entire enterprise.
We should welcome anyone in Irish politics who is prepared to take positive action and not just sit on the sidelines issuing criticism and denials and we should embrace the idea of change that they represent.
And just to put our money where our mouths are, the two Macs will be there at the RDS bright and early tomorrow…