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We must do more than just use vote as a gesture

There is a mood for change but it is vital that we also decide on the direction of that change, says Michael McDowell

Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00

'If we want to do something positive with our votes, we have to see past the politics of protest, anger and blame, and to vote for the agenda-setters'

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WITHIN a number of weeks, we will collectively choose the members of a new Dail who, in turn, will give us a new government. I use the term "new government" because it is abundantly clear that whatever happens in the election, neither the outgoing Government nor any of its constituent parts -- Fianna Fail, the Greens or the Independents --will form part of an incoming government.

There is a mood for change. For some, "change" is an end in itself. Disgust and disillusionment give rise to an absolute insistence on change.

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