"I come to bury Cesar, not to praise him"
My view of the PD's is well known and well documented on this Blog, utter revulsion! Not of the people per se, Michael McDowell apart, but of the ideology which they have propagated.
Their very name is an oxymoron, Progressive Democrats!
What is progressive about engineering a gap between rich and poor which is the biggest in Europe? What is progressive about a taxation policy which rewards the rich and penalises the poor? What is progressive about a health policy like co-location which has created a two-tier health system?
What is democratic about one of the smallest parties on this island exerting so much influence on the lives of all? What is democratic about a party implementing policy over a majority of people who would never, ever elect them?
I welcome the demise of the PD’s; I doubt many are surprised by that though some may be by my reason. A greed that has never been present in the Irish psyche before has entered this country, a policy of "I'm alright jack" has been the order of the day.
The PD beast may, or may not have created this but they aren't the ones who have continued it. That blame lies with Fianna Fail and all the other establishment parties. They have all used the PD's as a scapegoat at election time. A bulwark between them and the electorate on issues like criminal justice and health.
With the upcoming demise of the PD's that bulwark will be removed and the emperor will be naked. No longer will Fianna Fail be able to pretend that co-location is the fault of the PD's.
With their undignified departure from the political field all but confirmed I hope for a time when we can have an honest fight with Fianna Fail over the issue of inequality and poverty.
The PD bogey man will be gone for Fianna Fail canvassers, it will just be them and the electorate and I relish that time to come.
"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. "