Sunday 17 December 2017

Who represents those on the middle ground?

By Deborah Coleman - Straight Talking

Wicklow People Reporter, Deborah Coleman. Picture Garry O'Neill (No Reproduction Fee)
Wicklow People Reporter, Deborah Coleman. Picture Garry O'Neill (No Reproduction Fee)

We all have a wish-list ahead of the general election, whether it is personal or for our communities, or the country as a whole.

Each time around there is concern when any large portion of a county is in jeopardy of being without a 'local TD' but in truth, are they not all supposed to be working together for the greater good?

Playing the local card gets votes but holds the rest of the country to ransom at times.

It is because, in the past we have seen communities which have sitting TD benefit from development and investment more than others and this has stoked the fires of concern that without a representative on our doorsteps we will be forgotten or go without.

Now that the election campaign is in full flight, promises are being made like mad, in a frenzied attempt to secure votes.

I for one, don't want to hear one more promise that cannot be kept. I would rather hear a realistic view on how we can prosper and grow over a period of time.

A worrying level of candidates decide that printing a wish-list as a manifesto could actually make it happen when they haven't a hope of delivering a fraction of such promises, even if they did manage to get elected.

Telling people what they want to hear will do no good in the long term.

The electorate is not stupid and wants to hear achievable plans, ones that will benefit society and ensure that our economic recovery stays on track.

Any drastic slash to taxes could be risky, and economists have warned of the perils of getting too generous with our spending. It might give us a few extra Euro in our pay packets but won't do much for the long term investment that services need.

Election after election I am left feeling that the middle of the road working people are left to keep their own show on the road.

While the most vulnerable, of course need to be looked after, more attention should be paid to the regular tax payer who is forking out for everything from childcare to health insurance.

It is difficult to see who is out there to represent those on the middle ground and this often leads to voter apathy.

If voters are weary of the empty promises even before they get to the ballot box then something is very wrong indeed.

Wexford People

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