Mick's campaign mission statement.For A New Politics
Many Irish people would agree that the people of this country have been poorly served by its politicians. The present election campaign is bringing forward the usual barrage of promises which history has taught us, are seldom delivered. If the people of Wexford elect me to Dáil Éireann, I will make no empty promises to deliver the usual ‘stroke’ politics. But I do promise to bring an honest approach in working to change the way we are governed.
We have not seen a proper working Opposition in the Dáil in recent memory – I will work with like-minded new Independents to create an unrelenting drive for major reform. We cannot expect our country to function in a healthy way unless we first fix things at the top. We need political reform to bring a new politics, an end to political donations which separate the electorate from the legislature by allowing those with the most money to have greatest influence, a smaller Dáil with accountability and transparency in all its workings, a genuine effort to provide a decent State Health System for all, a greater emphasises on education including access to pre-school education, an end to expenses and pension abuse, and real local Government that works.
We need a government that puts the interests of its people before those of big business; ordinary people should not have to pay for the mistakes of the financial institutions. Instead of the neo liberal approach of draining the system in an effort to balance the books, we need to listen to learn the lessons of history and hear the voices of international experts who recommend investment and stimulus measures in order to create employment and economic growth.