I’ve always had an ambition to become an elected representative in this country; to espouse what I believe to be the right path for this country to follow.
However, over the last number of years I’ve found it increasingly difficult to reconcile what I believe in, to what I perceive to be the wishes/beliefs of a significant proportion of the Irish people. This disconnect arises, I believe, due to a number of factors:
• A deep cynicism towards the political system
• An increased individualistic society
• A changed Irish identity
• Unchallenged populism (across all political parties and none) and political manipulation
• An anti-intellectual society and consequently political system
I, as a prospective electoral candidate, cannot compete against these factors as I will not employ or exploit any of the factors above to secure electoral gain. I expect the same could also be true for other individuals.
Am I being naïve?
Have we created a disastrous political system?