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
'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'
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.