Today is voting day in the EU Treaty Referendum. For the last month or so we have been deafened by conflicting voices telling us what they think we should do. I am not going to rehash any of the debates (although most of them descended into shouting matches) but there is one thing that has irked me in a big way from the beginning of this campaign. And oddly enough it was exactly the same thing that irked me the last time we voted (the General Election 2011) and that thing is ENDA KENNY.
I have nothing against the man personally. I do think he is a good person with his heart in the right place. But he is a weak leader – something I feared over a year ago when my vote, along with an avalanche of others, propelled him and his party into government with Labour.
After 4 years of brutal recession Ireland continues to struggle economically. That sentence doesn’t however convey the very real suffering of many people in this country. A fact that was brought into sharp focus this week with an excellent, if very depressing programme on RTE 1 called Life and Debt (you can watch it back on the RTE Player here). This programme portrayed the very real and desperate nightmare many people are caught in right now. The programme made me very angry, particularly as it was broadcast in a week when once again Ireland paid €2.25bn to bondholders. According to tweeter @sebthegooner that equates to €500 for every man, woman and child in this country. That would amount to €2,000 from this house alone. We could buy our daughter the wardrobes she badly needs for her bedroom.... but for those who were featured on ‘Life and Debt’ this might buy a bit of peace of mind for a couple of weeks.
If we ever needed strong leadership we need it now, which brings me neatly back to our Enda. Once again he refused to go into TV3 or any other studio to debate the issues around the EU Treaty. Bear in mind we pay this man €200,000 a year to lead the country. The arrogance is breathtaking.
But it is more serious that just giving a two fingers to his electorate, Enda Kenny’s refusal to debate live on air, his obvious fear of conflict or being seen to lose clearly makes him unsuitable for the high office he holds. This is the man on whom we depend to negotiate our case in Europe. I despair. I really do. The clip above from last nights Channel 4 News is enough to make one cry!
Here is the blog post I wrote over a year ago just prior to the General Election... the gladioli have come home to roost... or something!
Where’s my voting card...... It’s going to be NO.