Lucinda Creighton’s new party, Renua, will ultimately fail in its mission to reform our corrupt political system.
The principal reason she will fail is that she is an insider herself. Her party is launching its laudable campaign for desperately needed reform from inside a system that will not tolerate any serious challenge to its corrupt culture.
In common with most other politicians, Creighton is aware that serious reform is needed if the political system is to serve Ireland and its people in the same manner as functional democracies do.
What she’s not aware of is just how diseased the whole regime has become. She naively believes that the system that has systematically abused power for decades will willingly divest itself of that power in the interests of democratic reform, it will not happen.
The Progressive Democrats, the Green Party and Labour all had similar ambitions for reform but as soon as they entered the political sewer that is Leinster House, they all succumbed to the benefits to be had by cooperating with the system.
The system maintains, for the moment, an iron grip on how things are done, how decisions are made and who benefits from those decisions. We only have to listen to the daily news for confirmation of that fact.
The only way the power of the corrupt regime can be successfully challenged is from an outside force, a force that is in no way associated with or in league with its corrupt culture.
Sinn Fein could have been that force after the last election if the party’s leadership had the vision to take the necessary radical action.
They could have stood outside the gates of Leinster House, surrounded by the disempowered/betrayed citizens, and demanded immediate political reform before any re-engagement with the political process.
An alliance of independent TDs could have done the same.
Such action, I firmly believe, would have had an immediate and dramatic impact on the power of the corrupt regime that has destroyed our country.
A large section of the electorate rebelled against the State over the property tax. That rebellion was suppressed by the power of Revenue. A much larger section of the electorate has rebelled against the water tax and have, in the process, become radically politicised.
There is no putting this genie back in the bottle. I believe the power of the current corrupt regime is coming to an end.
The people are outside the gates of Leinster House demanding real democratic reform.
Lucinda Creighton and her fellow TDs will soon be forced to make a decision:
Abandon Leinster House and join the people outside the gates or remain inside in a last ditch defence of the old corrupt regime.