Let me declare an interest here: since last night I am actively campaigning for John Gormley’s re-election in Dublin South East. I did in 2002 as well but am not a Green party member. I want safer communities, I want more incentives to recycle in a sustainable manner the waste I produce and I like the idea (maybe not its implementation??) of public transport. I’m a light Green; any darker and I’d be worried that my authoritarian streak would re-emerge. I did some canvassing in the Dublin 6 area last night with some others and intend to again tonight.
It is not that I dislike any other candidate. At the moment, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain any political opinion without offending someone’s sensibilities. Except one that is: Michael McDowell. He’s in the headlines again this morning for supporting a proposal for legislation for regulating donations to politicians. The first line of the Irish Times story reads:
As for the canvass, I’ll be back on the weekend to recall more of the sordid tales of knocking on some of Ireland’s wealthiest households to convince them to vote for a party that wants to take away their 50k SUV.