Following today's debacle I received numerous emails from political friends and indeed previous political foes regarding the state of the nation and potential next steps from my vantage point. I'm on holiday at present, availing of the hotel's generous wireless but I've been able to keep up with news back home. Watched the news tonight. It's virtually shambolic at this stage.
I am not a reactionary, not prone to hyperbole while obviously being right of centre. Two current TDs personally friendly with me have touched base. I also contacted a couple of councillors and ex party activists from three parties. As most will know, there have been mutterings of a new right of centre party since the demise of the PDs. I've been sceptical to be honest. I think a new party needs a broader base. But with FF imploding and FG stagnant I think the time has come. The tipping point has arrived.
FG are impotent. Kenny is unacceptable to urbania. The political imperative that Dail tenure offers carries little weight with city dwellers watching their wealth dissolve. If FG can't or won't represent this contingent of voters someone else will. It seems FG are happy to be the FBD of parties. Farmers won't get you elected inside the Pale. We are not content to desert Dublin to Labour/the unions. It's time the taxpayer had a party. It's time those ashamed of their current Taoiseach had a party. It's time those ashamed at the prospect of FF or FG's leader as our national chieftain had a party.
I am appealing for a ground movement to help. We will need young and old. Those affiliated and not. Those who are agitators and those who never thought they would. Ireland is one and yet not, a gaggle of constituencies, so I want word from Donegal to Waterford and Louth to Cork. It's going to be difficult. Good. Because it'll make the effort worth the goal. The existing parties will ridicule your efforts, will hope you go away but you will recognise yourself by looking in the mirror and realising that we live in a small country and yes, you genuinely can make a difference.
If you are to have a time, it's now. Stand by the republic. Chalk your name onto the board.