It’s even better if you’re in opposition, then you can ignore the wider common good and the public interest and still get elected.
You can follow the opinion polls rather than show any kind of leadership.
You can become Mr. Angry, jump on the latest bandwagon and maybe, just maybe, get those few extra votes in rural Ireland by sacrificing the odd stag.
If you are in opposition and dying to get into Government – all you have to do is say
- Everything the Government is doing is wrong.
- The Government is not spending enough.
- The Government is spending too much (depending on your audience and what time of the day it is).
- We shouldn’t have paid our debts but we should have gone to those same debtors and asked them for another loan of €2bn to create jobs.
- We need the banks to start lending but we should have let the banking system collapse.
- We should sack everyone who was in the banks over the last twenty years, get rid of them all. At the same time, we acknowledge the need for more experience in the system to ensure we can get lending going for our struggling businesses.
None of that is good, and it can’t be fixed by changing the electoral system. Because it’s a cultural issue.