Politics should be a battle of ideas. It shouldn’t be a personality contest. In a democracy where people accept the basic ideas of democracy then we should respect our opponents. We believe that they have different views to us but they believe that their views will better society. I hate it when the private life and the family of politicians are brought into public debate. Certain sections of the media are more guilty of this practice than politicians are. Unlike the media politicians are elected.
We are getting ready for the local and the European elections in 2014. I hope we will respect each other. I hope that respect the motives that our rivals have in going for elections. Our difference with the other parties should be based on a battle of ideas. Our difference with others should be based on how we can serve the people.
John O Brien.