Saturday 18 August 2018

Does anyone really need a general election right now?

The political system is gearing up to tell us we need to have an election, says Brendan O'Connor, but do any of the rest of us want one?

Leo Varadkar speaking to ex-FG politician Tom Hayes at the Irish Grand National at Fairy. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Leo Varadkar speaking to ex-FG politician Tom Hayes at the Irish Grand National at Fairy. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

The tectonic plates are shifting. Forces we barely understand are starting to act. As if in concert they started popping up right across the papers last week. It seems we are being softened up and told to get ready for an election.

It's little wonder at this point that this is all being done in a very discreet, subtle way. Because they know that the last thing most people want right now is an election. And none of them want to be seen as the ones who foisted it on us. So they are subtly flying kites out there. Subtly suggesting, not that they want to have an election, but that we may need to have an election.

But, of course, something in them does want to have an election. Elections, in a strange way that we will never understand, are their raison d'etre. It's like some kind of bad addiction with them. It is the very definition of insanity for them in a way.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss