We will not get through this crisis if our political institutions and system of governance do not change radically.
We should be clear that, economic stabilisation, much less recovery, will be stymied by alienation from our political system, by fragmentation of political support, and by the very real prospect of a rise in disenchantment and extremism among the tens of thousands who have joined the dole queue.
We need a realignment of politics in Ireland – we need democratic choices that mean something to contemporary society. We need a sense of right and wrong. We need a whole new political ethic premised on values-based leadership.
We need to engage individuals who have little interest in power as such, who have a commitment as well as a widely acknowledged expertise that is capable of restoring trust, confidence and a sense of direction.
So writes Prof. Ray Kinsella in today’s Irish Times. The professor is calling for the complete dismantling of the present (corrupt) political and administrative system.
He is, in effect, calling for a revolution and certainly nothing less will do. It is (depressingly) fascinating to observe politicians from all parties continue to behave as if the approaching disaster is nothing more than a local political/financial crisis.