A finely balanced battle for power
Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00
So, at last we have a contest, and if today's Sunday Independent poll is anything to go by, a finely balanced one at that. The most critical election campaign in the history of the State only really began last Wednesday but suddenly Irish politics is experiencing a belated left/right political divide.
And whilst much of the subsequent alarums were mere sham fights, at least a real debate about how we might stop mourning the past and begin to build a future has begun.
Next Friday, as part of this process, you will hold the future of the country, your children, your grand-children and your fellow citizens in the hand that marks the ballot paper. The right to vote may, during the Celtic Tiger era, have been exercised in a frivolous manner but in this election the voters appear to have realised there is no such thing as a consequence-free vote. Instead, today's Millward Brown poll suggests Labour, in particular, have found out the hard way that every vote has to be earned.