Tanaiste and leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton is a less than ordinary political leader.
She is, like the vast majority of Irish politicians, a creature of our intrinsically corrupt political/administrative system.
She has no vision whatsoever for Ireland and its people.. She is, like the majority of politicians, so much a part of the rotten system that’s she’s completely unaware of how desperate citizens are for a leader who will destroy that system and replace it with a genuine democracy.
Her recent appearance on the Late Late Show where she was questioned about her attitude to coalition with Sinn Fein confirms her political ignorance and ineptitude. (My analysis appears in brackets).
Ryan Tubridy: Would you go into coalition with Sinn Fein?
Burton: I believe Sinn Fein still has questions to answer. There’s a nexus between Sinn Fein and the IRA.
(There is no nexus between Sinn Fein and the IRA. The entire world has accepted this fact and have moved on. The mainstream and backward Irish political system refuses to accept this fact preferring to operate where’s it’s most comfortable – in a self-serving bog of hypocrisy).
Tubridy: Give me one question they have to answer.
Burton: Well, I never felt the armed struggle and killing people were necessary.
(Tubridy is asking her to provide a fact, she dishonestly replies with an irrelevant opinion).
Tubridy: But you know there was a peace process?
Burton: And I am a very strong supporter of the Peace Process.
(It’s hypocritical and illogical to reject Sinn Fein while at the same time claiming to be a very strong supporter of the Peace Process given that Sinn Fein is a major pillar of that process. If Burton was honest she would reject the Peace Process on the grounds that Sinn Fein still has questions to answer).
Tubridy: So what’s your problem?
Burton: The issue is in terms of Sinn Fein in government, their economic policies for instance.
(Again, dishonestly avoiding the question by changing the subject).
Tubridy: That’s got nothing to do with the armed struggle.
Burton: You have to look from a range of factors, I would have been in my twenties when all of the violence broke out.
Tubridy: All in the past.
Burton: No, no, I make democratic choices, I don’t like violence.
(Once again dishonestly avoiding the question).
Tubridy: Do you support the administration in Northern Ireland?
Tubridy: So how can you expect, an hour and a half up the road, a Sinn Fein party to sit with the DUP and yet here you say Sinn Fein are not fit for government.
Burton: What I’m saying is that Sinn Fein have questions to answer.
(The circle of hypocrisy is complete).
Burton is already a failed political leader because her visionless mindset is the exact same grey colour as all the other mainstream political leaders in Ireland.
Tomorrow I will publish how a visionary, progressive political leader would respond to the coalition with Sinn Fein question.
If Joan Burton ever gets to read my view she will be utterly bamboozled because she will be attempting to read a language that she has never learned.