To add to the previous entry in the Student Observer http://studentobserverireland.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/election11-primer/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook , I wholeheartedly agree that this general election represents an opportunity for Irish society to make a break with the past. This is important for a number of reasons, the first and foremost being that the country is ‘now mired in debt’. I am using this quote for a reason, but first let me make it clear that I am not doing this because of some deep seeded political affiliation. The quote is in fact from the Green Party during the week in which they attacked Labour’s economic policies. Now I am not sure if the irony of this is lost on you or not, but just to make matters clear the outgoing government have left a tab of over 90 billion euro at the Dáil bar. So it seems a little rich for comments such as this to come from anyone who presided over the economic meltdown of this country.
What I want to illustrate here is that the political quagmire we find ourselves in is rampant with political rhetoric. This may seem like I am making a salient point. Isn’t Irish politics always awash with blustering old men having the same argument? In a word, yes. However, this is key to those of you voting or more importantly voting for the first time. It is very hard in the very small pond that is Irish politics to make an informed decision, especially when the three biggest ducks are all flapping their wings and quacking at each other.Try to look past the ripples and have a look at each party’s policies.
Keep an eye here and on the Student Observer for updates. Synopsis of the main political parties’ election manifestos to appear here shortly.