Politics is a funny old game. On one end of the spectrum lie the pure ideologies of politics, a constant potential for societal inclusion and visceral change. On the other end fester the shysters, the feckless manipulators of the realpolitik (the kindest of euphemisms)... The Irish electorate are only too aware of this dichotomy. Allow me to present examples of both.
Firstly, an optimistic example...
Nigerian asylum seeker becomes Ireland's first black mayor - Breaking News.
Rotimi Adebari, a Nigerian asylum seeker forced to leave his country for fear of religious persecution was today elected Ireland's first black mayor. Adebari, 43, arrived in Portlaoise, Co Laois with his family in 2000 and later set-up an unemployment support group in the county after he failed to get work... Huzzah! A truly uplifting tale. A beacon of democratic possibility.
Now, a shyster...
John O' Donoghue. Gormless.
Via Twenty Major