Sins of the bankers are preying on our minds
Dawn of a new political era is clouded by the fact that we're beholden to the EU and IMF, writes Anthony Cronin
Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00
This election takes place at one of the most crucial junctures in the history of the State, not excluding the Treaty election of 1922. But to say this is not to say that it is a crucial election. The voters know it is not and many of the candidates, one suspects, secretly know it too.
The collapse of Fianna Fail has opened the way for Enda Kenny and Fine Gael with or without coalition partners; perhaps even, wonder of wonders, for Fine Gael with an overall majority. But there is none of that feeling of wondrous opportunity such as the democratic process occasionally throws up when an old order collapses and the people with their new leadership can claim at last what had been denied them. This feeling can accompany and give buoyancy to even narrow victories such as the victory of Barack Obama in the United States three years ago.
But there is no feeling of 'yes we can' in the here and now. The mood of the electorate is one of apprehension, unease and foreboding. We know that none of these parties and none of these leaders can bring about a transformation scene. All that any of them can even claim is that they will make the best of a very, very bad job.