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By Collective Ireland
The established opposition is driven by politicians intent on entering into government. In government, ALL elected representatives have a duty to engage the business of state on behalf of all the people of Ireland, yet all elected representatives, whether in power or opposition are both bound to and compromised by a system that does not serve all the citizens of Ireland. We have for generations suffered under a system of governance that offers little or no effective representation to, and even less opposition on behalf of, the people of Ireland.
The established opposition is at best maintaining the status quo and at it’s worst, it’s helping to support and maintain the gravy train of Irish politics.
The only threat to the established, well fed, well connected, and gloriously pensioned opposition is a movement for change unaffiliated by accident or design to any pre-existing political entity.
A movement such as the one we’re all nearly part of.
An uncontrolled, uncontrollable, unaffiliated protest movement is the state’s worst nightmare, because such a movement would be the only acceptable proof that all the people of Ireland have finally risen from their knees.
If all we, as protesters, do is leave for future generations the idea that a free and uncontrolled opposition is actually viable, we’ve already done more than most of us set out to do.