Thursday 14 December 2017

Voting for mixed bag of Me Feiners makes us feel good, but it won't reform the system

It is highly unlikely that an independent candidate will ever be in power.
It is highly unlikely that an independent candidate will ever be in power.

Vincent P Martin

Many people don't see change coming until it hits them hard. The plethora of weekend opinion poll results confirm the steady rise in support for Sinn Feiners and Me Feiners: two formidable political opponents for the party political establishment.

It may be difficult for some to agree with or even understand Sinn Fein populist positions – but it is beyond doubt that it stands for something, that it is united, and that it is certainly on the march.

The Me Feiners are a different, more eclectic bunch. Part of the celebrated essence of the Irish electoral system is that it facilitates the election of single-issue candidates. Elected independents are often local heroes operating in a veritable fiefdom, ruling his or her own lonely roost and answerable to nobody.

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