Considering we are being told that d'internet and name calling* could potentially be responsible for the suicide of a TD, perhaps its time that we start to look at the level of outright lies, character assassination and vitriol that comes with every election.
We might also look at how lies are used to gain votes - how many people voted, with hope, for the current government and were so very badly let down? One might call them naive, anyone with a lick of sense knew that we were royally screwed no matter how we voted, but you could be forgiven for believing that we would have 'turned a corner' to quote the previous shower of liars, by now.
Is dashing peoples hope a form of abuse and could it push people over the edge in times of crisis? Could cutting respite care and all the other mean spirited acts of a Dickensian budget cause people to take their own lives?
But back to my original point - surely we shall now see a fair, honest and clean election next time out? Or will we? One thing we have learned over the years about politicians is that they lie and exaggerate as easily as the rest of us breath air. Another we have learned is that they believe that the rules are fluid and do not apply to them as rigidly as the rest of us.