Martina Devlin: I don't want my local TD at my funeral
We need a different breed of politician, but change has to originate with the electorate
Published 11/11/2010 | 05:00
WHEN I die, I don't want my local TD attending my funeral. If the deputy does turn up, it will be a sign that nothing has changed -- that our political system has learned zero, zip and zilch from the upheavals of recent years.
Neither in good times, nor in bad, have most of our politicians managed to get to grips with their role. They remain shallow, insular, inherently parochial -- the national interest does not figure on their radar. Never mind the hole in the public finances, what about the potholes in Ballygotoblazes?
The by-election in Donegal South West is a rare example of democracy in action. Let's take a moment to savour it.