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Friday 17 August 2018

Enough of the philistines and piranhas in pinstripe suits

Purge political posters, party political policies, parochial philistine politicians, painful pinstriped piranhas promoting pitiful policies plus pretentious procrastinating party purists.

Please can we have some honesty from our politicians?

Forget party boundaries.

This country needs real leadership. Real leadership comes from courage, focus and determination. Real leadership ignores and bypasses strong interest groups.

I am a great believer that if somebody makes a mistake they acknowledge same immediately, apologise, and work to rectify the situation. I believe that Micheal Martin has acknowledged the importance of apologising for the mistakes of Fianna Fail in the past. This may be a positive step in the right direction.

I have never believed that good and effective opposition means contradicting and opposing everything laid down by the Government.

I am tired of listening to constant "bickering" for the sake of trying to promote one's personal profile.

Only a few months ago, while attending one of our national radio stations, I was admiring the honesty and integrity of John McGuinness, Fianna Fail TD.

Mr McGuinness, whom I had never met at the time, was minister for State and he expounded, in great detail, fundamental changes that needed to take place to help the country out of recession.

I complimented the brave stance he had taken.

In fact, in the meantime, Mr McGuinness had been relieved of his duties and was banished to the back benches.

As soon as I had finished complimenting Mr McGuinness, a prominent member of the Labour Party, immediately went on the offensive by suggesting that the minister had expressed these sentiments for the purposes of self-promotion.

The programme went to an advertisement break.

I challenged the Labour member by suggesting that her views were part of the reason the political system in this country had, to a great extent, failed. I could not understand, and I suggested that the listeners would question her motives, as to why she should suggest that Mr McGuinness was self-promoting and lacked belief in his own principles when (a) his political career had been ruined in the short-term; (b) he had been relieved of his duties as minister and (c) he was banished to the back benches.

As soon as the programme returned to air, I was pleasantly surprised by the praise being bestowed by the Labour member on Mr McGuinness.

In short, in order to impress the listeners, her attitude changed fundamentally from the time I suggested that she should reconsider her views.

I have no doubt, if ministers met people who work in the areas governed by their departments, for one day a month, this would enhance their reputation rather than handshaking at functions and/or wasting time for the purpose of self-promotion.

As the heading says: purge political posters, party political policies, parochial philistine politicians, painfully pinstriped piranhas promoting pitiful policies plus pretentious procrastinating party purists.

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