Shane Ross's decision to run as an Independent at the general election seems quite bizarre. According to the polls, it is a virtual certainty Fine Gael and Labour will together have a huge majority in the next Dail and that Independent TDs will be practically irrelevant.
If Mr Ross sought to run as a candidate for either Fine Gael or Labour he could then have a chance to implement his ideas in Government, rather than carp from the sidelines.
A cynic might conclude that it suits Mr Ross to be in such a situation. Like George Lee before him, he seems to enjoy being a perennial opponent of whoever happens to be in government, and would prefer to continue in that role rather than actually take on the responsibility of having his own policies put to the test in government.
Clontarf, Dublin 3