....Or, it shouldn't be.
It ought to be an honour to serve your people and make the tough decisions needed with both eyes at the task at hand, not on the next election.
But, alas, that is not the case here in Ireland.
Irish politicians nearly all act in a self-interest manner. Everything they say and do is all geared towards a re-election bid next time out. This is holding the country back in the gutter. The tough decisions are not being taken because of the voter deficit it would entail. This parish pump led politics is keeping the country down because we have no real leaders in power.
Look at the government U-Turns since they came to power:
Hogan does U-turn on alarm cuts after causing 'distress' to elderly - National News - Independent.ie
Connaught Telegraph - Fine Gael perform surprise U-turn on cash strapped hospital stance
Government does U-turn on cutbacks for the disabled - The Irish Times - Wed, Sep 05, 2012
What these illustrate is that the government will bow to any pressure which may threaten their future electoral performance. Now I am not saying that the above examples were 'needed' for the good of the country, but it simply highlights the short term focus of Ireland's leaders.
This rot was evident from the first day of the new government. Labour, chose to enter a coalition with FG. Had they refused, Labour would be the main opposition party with a weak FG led government. Gilmore would have been next Taoiseach. But...career politics created many a fuzzy eye at the Labour Party's HQ.
Gilmore, Rabbitte, Burton, Quinn and Howlin had to get into power before it was too late.
Good of the party, and especially the country not even considered.
Politicians need to know that they are elected by the people to make the best decisions for the term they were elected to. They should not use that term to seek re-election by playing stroke politics. They should be judged from hard work and determination, not how many funerals you attend or how many passports you processed.
It is simply not a career.
It is an honour and the sooner they realise that, perhaps the sooner we will make the right, tough decisions that are needed to get our country back on the road to recovery.
I await attacks by party shills, but I do this knowing, I put my opinions into writing.
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