Adams' past is not another country
This election is as much about who will form the next opposition as about who will be in government, writes Celia Larkin
Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00
BY the time polling day rolls around, most of us will be delighted to see the end of a campaign that seems to be going on forever. It is, nonetheless, the most important election this county has faced in recent times.
This election is not just about who forms a government, it is also about who forms the opposition. Constructive opposition and its legitimate right to be heard are vital in a democracy. If as an electorate we are serious about political reform, then thought must be given not only to who forms the next government, but to who forms the opposition.
While some commentators have dismissed the five leaders' debate as less significant than the debate between the leaders of the three main parties, I disagree.