"Alternatives for Ireland" is a bold proposition these days. We, the Irish people have been promised much but given less than nothing, as it could be argued than Fine Gael have actually been worse that Fianna Fail, over the last number of years. This very fact has made us more cynical of politics and politicians than probably anytime in our history.
But every now and then an independent voice comes along, every now and then a person or group outside that political world and the insulated walls of Dail Eireann proposes a new way of doing things, a new way of treating society with something other than contempt and arrogance. For these moments my ears always prick up as I yearn to witness or take part in that ever elusive "change".
As most of the nations people know, Declan Ganley proposed that "change" recently as he organised meetings in various urban areas around Ireland. To say he is attempting to rally up political support by misleading people would be an understatement. To say that when questioned on it by myself he portrayed more arrogance than many seasoned government politicians would be accurate and to say that he proposes nothing new but an anti democratic "Ganleys Way" type of politics is bang on the money.
Firstly, this "alternatives for Ireland" meeting was just a prolife meeting in disguise. Ray Kinsella, an economist spoke about nothing other than abortion. That's right, an experienced economist who is most likely beyond the years where a partner will ever need an abortion on medical grounds somehow professed to know more than consultant obstetricians? It is fair to say, Declan spoke about more than abortion, but the entire meeting was so abortion focused some people heckled and some even left, obviously proving the fact that we were being misled. Of course when I questioned Declan on this, in true political arrogant fashion I was demeaned and made fun of. Quite the change in attitude there from Declan.
Frankly though, the more disturbing aspect of Declans new found attitude to what constitutes "change", lit up my timeline this morning. I remember many a time Declan, quite rightly, lambasting the government for European referenda being put to the people a second time, when it seemed the scare tactics of the initial referendum propaganda had not quite worked. How short Declans memory is! After two referenda on abortion, both of which gave democratic answers Declan is not happy with, wait for it, Declan proposes we run a third. But the best is yet to come. Recognising his hypocrisy and obvious distain for democracy when it doesn't suit his agenda, Declan quite "eloquently" set out his reasoning on a public forum;
I started out this piece expressing my regret at having to criticise an individual on a professional basis, however, this time it is imperative that people know that rather than offering change, all Declan offers us is arrogance, spin and more anti-democratic conservatism than we have ever experienced! Please don't be drawn in by the empty promises of change, when all we will receive is "ganleys way" spun to us by an equally arrogant mcguirk.