The Hopes and Eyes of a Nation
Monday, February 28, 2011
Last Friday, after months of expressing their anger and
dissatisfaction, the people of Ireland were finally afforded the opportunity to go to the polls and make important choices that will effect our nation's prosperity and our children's future for years to come. One way or another.
Our little nation has been through some rough times. For the past fourteen years we have been (mis)lead by an inept Government that I will remember more for the astonishing arrogance they have recently displayed than anything else.
Last Friday, we showed that Government, Fianna Fail, exactly what we thought of them and ensured that they were banished from the dizzying heights of their power where they once held 78 seats to the paltry levels of opposition where they're estimated to hold only 20 seats when the final counts are tallied. A mere six seats more than their arch-rivals Sinn Fein (I shudder at the thought) and only one seat more than the 19 seats Independents/Others are projected to win. Figures are per this morning's Irish Times. They will barely be the leading party in opposition. Barely.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
They deserve to feel the wrath of the nation's people. There are undoubtedly good people in the Fianna Fail party but they allowed themselves to be led/bullied/cajoled/blackmailed (delete as you deem applicable) into backing their leader Brian Cowen when they recently had an opportunity to remove him from power. How they didn't try to oust him months ago is appalling and shows total contempt for the electorate. They allowed Party Politics and concerns for their own future in that party to take precedence over the good of our nation and it's people.
Fianna Fail dithered while Ireland burned.
I can never forgive them for that.
Fianna Gael had their confidence issues with their leader Enda Kenny and they ended up backing him too. Although Mr Kenny sidelined his rival somewhat he still kept him involved. That plays well into his statement last night that the team is bigger than any individual.
I do hope this issue has been put to rest as it's one thing I do worry about. We need a stable and balanced Government
At present it's looking like a Fianna Gael/Labour coalition which is what I hoped for, with a few interesting Independents in opposition who will hopefully play their part in effecting some important changes and put some manners on the longer serving politicians in this country while they're at it.
Oh yes, the little people of Ireland have spoken and negotiations to form a new Government are taking place as I type.
To this new Government I say....
Remember your election promises.
Make decisions for the good of the country and it's people and NOT simply to prolong your stay in Government.
Value and utilise this nation's most valuable asset -it's People.
Listen to the people when it comes to job creation. We are a resilient, innovative and informed people. Use that.
Listen to the people when it comes to reform: particularly in Health and in the Public Service in general. The people on the ground have intelligent suggestions to make, work with them.
Trust the people and be honest with them. Keep us informed - tell us exactly how things are. Don't try to pull the wool over our eyes. We're not stupid. But I think you know this.
Above all treat the people fairly. especially when it comes to tax increases and cuts in spending. Try not to pitch one side of society against another and remember that you can't get blood from a stone.
Difficult times still lie ahead and I just hope that Fianna Fail haven't left some nasty-yet-to-be-revealed secrets that will make things even more difficult as their Welcome to Government present to you.
I sincerely hope that Michael McDowell's premonition is ill-founded.
The people of Ireland have spoken. We must never, ever let a Government treat us the way the last one did. If we do then we only have ourselves to blame.
You may call me naive but I'm really just being positive and hopeful.
Good luck to the incoming Government.......
The hopes of a nation lie with you.
The eyes of a nation are on you.
Don't let us down.
This time we won't stand idly by.