Fellow Banner folk, I've long said on different fora that I find all parties hard to bear and not so much because of the parties themselves, I have many friends active in almost all the parties in the county, but because I genuinely believe that no matter what your hue, there has been a culture in Irish politics emanating from those elected in the 70's and 80's and that has poisoned the well. What is needed is a total clear out and to start with a new generation as mine has failed Ireland.
I wouldn't necessarily have a huge problem with any individual political party's supposed ideologies (well the Socialists make me a tad uneasy but then again, they've yet to be proven wrong or right) so party allegiance doesn't mean much to me. What I'd like to know is, are there any people from the younger generation actually getting involved and putting themselves forward any more or are even those with political ambitions flying the coop and heading to Oz? I voted young Markham last time out number 1 and really liked the sound of him. Although he may still have been a bit green and naive during some of the Clare FM debates I was impressed with his enthusiasm and he really hit a chord with me when he spoke about ethics in politics.
Surely he can't be alone however in a county the size of Clare. Where are the politically engaged youth of the county gone?