I made a New Year's resolution to myself: that I would become politically involved in 2009. I have been becoming more and more disillusioned with the direction that this country has being going in for years now and have, rather than snipe from the sidelines, resolved to do what I can to effect positive change here. Even if that involves sticking leaflets through letterboxes so be it, at least it's a commitment. Obama's election in the US was also an inspirational lesson in grassroots activism.
I've been appalled by the FF administration for many years for all of the standard reasons (corruption, incompetence, parochialism and awful mismanagement - I wouldn't trust any of the current troika running the country to run my local sweetshop). The PDs are defunct. Labour is a tool of the union dinosaurs. Sinn Fein hold no appeal for me. I'm a reasonably intelligent, university-educated professional with your standard middle-class profile. My leanings are moderately libertarian by instinct.
So, of the mainstream political parties, Fine Gael is the only one that I would consider joining.
Tell me why I should do this!