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Last Saturday, the political editor of The Irish Times, Stephen Collins, wrote an article in the Opinion section which not only questioned the integrity of Luke Ming Flanagan and myself, but cast doubt on the ability of the people of Ireland to vote for the ‘right people’. Here’s an extract from his piece – “The political behaviour of Ming and his ally Mick Wallace, who was last year exposed as a tax defaulter, are all of a piece with this corrosive attitude to politics. Their success has frightening implications, given the number of voters opting for Independents has never been higher. The last Irish Times opinion poll showed that more people intended to vote for Independents and smaller parties than for any of the established parties. There is a real possibility that the technical group in the next Dáil will have 30 to 40 members. It brings to mind the remark of the Irish patriot Tom Kettle that politics is the only profession in which most people believe the amateur can do a better job than the professional. Whether the behaviour of the current crop of Independents will do anything to alter that view only time will tell. I wrote a response to the letter, to The Irish Times, and they chose not to print it. This is worrying, given that The Irish Times postures as the more reputable of our newspapers. It is little wonder that newspaper sales in Ireland are declining when it appears that they generally seem to lack an interest in balance or a serious appetite for challenging the powers that be, and would appear to have more interest in the personal and the trivial. Here is the letter which I wrote to The Irish Times – “There is a perception of late among Europe's ruling elite that the so-called 'ordinary people' are not fit to be making the serious decisions, that our esteemed leaders, along with those pulling the strings in the world of finance, are best placed to decide what's good for us. Clearly, this notion of Democracy is becoming a bit of a hindrance, which partly explains why the powers that be, had to intercede into the political affairs of Greece and Italy, who clearly didn't know what was good for them. To confirm their suspicions, the Italians have just got it all wrong in their recent elections - less than one in ten voted for Europe's technocrat appointee, Mario Monti, darling of the EU, ECB, and the media, while over 25 percent voted for that clown, Beppe Grillo, who refused to engage with the mainstream media. Imagine it, the Italians are getting tired of old style politics and mainstream media. Which brings me to Stephens Collins's Opinion piece in Saturday’s edition of the Irish Times (March 16th 2013), which I find interesting. Stephen too seems concerned about the dangers of democracy, is reminded of Tom Kettle's remark about politics being the only profession where most of the people believe the amateur can do a better job than the professional, and seems worried that the Irish people may be so foolish as to abandon the established parties, and vote for more of those Independents, God help us, in the next election. Maybe we need to initiate a special education programme, as the media seems to be struggling to get the right message to the people, despite their best efforts. Do the people not realise that, even though Fine Gael promised during the election not to give any more money to Anglo Irish Bank, and to burn the Bondholders, their decision to do the opposite is in our best interest. Do the people not realise that when Fine Gael said that it would be unfair to introduce a house tax, that they didn't really mean it. And when Labour said that under no circumstances would they cut Child Benefit, as that would drive children into poverty - well, Labour probably didn't mean it either. We don't really have democracy in Ireland because if we did, the people might have some say in how their communities are organised. Being allowed to vote once every five years in a general election was probably the last semblance of democracy here, but given that the people voted for something different in the last election, but got something the very same, that too is open to debate. Your correspondent Stephen Collins seems worried and frightened that the decent politicians in their tailored suits who have served the country so well, could be replaced by more of the scruffy, ragbag, misfits. The 'ordinary people' of Ireland, who may have common sense but no financial sense, might even start voting for clowns, as they did in Italy - they just need to figure out who the clowns are.”

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