Why is our country broken? Why are our public services dysfunctional? Why did government fail us so often even in the good times? Why do most people feel that nothing ever really changes?
The answer is simple: When you keep voting for the same people you keep getting the same results.
We have had a choice between a slim selection of old political parties with old ideas and ways of doing things. Even when they promise us something new they quickly revert to the same old ways once in government, as we saw with Fine Gael and Labour. They had, quite rightly, attacked Fianna Fail for its record of waste, mismanagement and providing jobs for the boys while failing to tackle the fundamental problems of the day.
When they got into power themselves they immediately set the tone of their administration by putting the boys into jobs and going native with the senior civil servants to prevent any real and meaningful change.
Ireland deserves better than this. Ireland deserves a political movement that has real change at the core of its reason for existing, unlike the other parties who exist to take and hold power and not much else.
The Principal of Moral Government
There are a set of fundamental values that we all share, like the need for a society that is fair, that gives children a good education, looks after the sick and protects us from crime and poverty. Yet government consistently fails to deliver on these core values, such as when it cuts the number of nurses and Gardai or allows our country to fall backwards in education rankings.
The Leadership Deficit
Ireland is let down by disappointing leadership. There is no real appetite for reform, for change or for improvement among our leaders beyond what is absolutely required of them. Special interests are pandered to at the expense of ordinary people and failures are common and overlooked.