Apart from the very serious matters at stake in the substantive issue in the forthcoming Irish referendum – marriage, family, and children’s right to health, happiness and well-being – the two politically disturbing things are the thuggery on the street and the sinister uniformity among the paties. There is a real stench of political corruption here. If we are not successful in securing the integrity of our Constitution we can only fear the worst in terms of what these people, the political establishment here and their Stormtroopers trying to crush free expression, will be prepared to move on to after victory. The stakes in this are very high and very frightening.
It is painful to think that on the eve of the centenary of the beginning of the struggle through which mythology tells us we heroically secured political independence, we find our political culture in such a depraved condition. Was it worth it? I honestly do not know. Can we rescue our politics and begin all over again? We can only hope so.
No matter which side you might be on in this referendum, you have reason to be worried about the future.