”We still call for political reform to get rid of the current political system plagued with corruption and abuse of power.”
No, unfortunately, it’s not a call by Irish citizens but citizens in Thailand where former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to two years in jail for corruption.
The red hot anger demonstrated by the elderly over the medical card debacle is impressive but it is focused on a narrow sectional interest. Once the politicians satisfy their demands the anger will dissipate and it’s business as usual.
Real change will never happen in Ireland until the people en masse realise that the entire political and bureaucratic administration of the country is seriously dysfunctional. And that will never happen until we see the emergence of a visionary and courageous political leader.
It’s worth noting that Thailand, in common with most countries, has a raft of laws for dealing with political and business corruption. The system they use is also common in most countries – police, prosecution, courts and appropriate punishment.
No such system exists in Ireland.