Elite have pushed electorate too far
If the measure of a political party's contempt for the electorate is what it believes voters will tolerate, Sinn Fein must hold southern Irish voters in very low esteem. The serial failures of a political elite has provided a fertile landscape for a party too well versed in the harvest of bitterness.
Ireland, with some justification, is in despair over how it is currently governed. But those who would decide Sinn Fein is the new future would be wise to pause for thought. The Gerry Adams affair and the reprehensible display of political concubinage by his deputy leader Mary Lou Mc Donald, instead suggest the Sinn Fein of tomorrow is actually a return to a Haughey-style past where the law really does only apply to the little people.
Civilised countries do not tolerate political leaders who are surrounded by the sort of questions that still gather around Adams unless there is something profoundly sick about the way they are governed. In our case, the vast surge to the political Scientologists of Sinn Fein is the inevitable consequence of the growing belief of the citizen that we are living in the amoral State.