I received a rebuke in the comments on yesterday's post.
Noel says – Really disappointed in you Grandad with this post and your previous article re the marriage referendum. Thought you were a fighter for minority rights.
Now he has a point so I thought maybe I should explain myself.
The fact is that I feel completely disillusioned with the Irish electoral system, and indeed the Irish political system.
Starting back in the days of the smoking ban I realised that the Irish State didn't give a damn about me or my lifestyle. They "knew better" what was good for me and despite a complete lack of demand for such a ban, it was imposed on me. That may seem a trivial point to some, but it generated a minority of which I was part. I feel marginalised and disenfranchised and more than a little resentful as a result of the ban.
Following on from that we had the famous Lisbon Treaty debacle where despite the clear vote of the Irish, they demanded a second referendum so that we could give "the right answer". Clearly they now not ony think they know what's good for me but they also want to tell me how I should think.
When the recession hit it became abundantly clear that the Ruling Elite don't give a damn for the plain people of Ireland. The banks, the bondholders and the foreign investors were well catered for while the ordinary Joe had to face massive and additional taxation.
The Ruling Elite don't give a damn about me so I don't give a damn about them. I feel the entire system is corrupt to the core and I really don't see why I should play their little games where they pretend to listen to the electorate but intend to proceed on their own preconceived path. They will lie, cheat and obfuscate to achieve their ends so I just close my ears to them and go my own way.
Being part of a minority, of course I fight for minority rights. I don't however believe that by casting my vote that I would make one iota of difference. If I for a second thought that my vote did somehow count then I would indeed vote, but as things stand I choose to use my right not to do so.
Do they give a damn about me?
Do I gave a flying fuck about them?
Draw your own conclusions.