Independent candidate in the forthcoming election Gerry Mullan believes that only a root and branch change in Government in this country will satisfy the voting public and restore confidence in our political institutions.
In a scathing attack on our current political system Mr Mullan began by saying:
“The phrase ‘Time for Change’ has become the predominant mantra amongst our political parties and politicians over this short election campaign. It is obviously a vote- catching slogan that is intended to conjure up, in the minds of the voting public, aspirations of hope and renewed interest in our political institutions. Some have even pushed that idea to the extreme by suggesting that only they are capable of ‘real’ change. But fancy rhetoric will do nothing to restore confidence in our political institutions and, whilst change can be a very powerful force for improvement which is why it is the subject for discussion in most business board room meetings, that is certainly not the impression that most people have in relation to politics in this country at the moment.”
He went on to say:
“In my mind, irrevocable damage has been done by the sheer incompetence, greed and corruption at the heart of government which sadly, in my view, we will struggle greatly, if ever, to recover from. Voter apathy is at fever pitch and only a drastic overhaul of our political system will, in my view, allow our institutions any hope of becoming acceptable in the eyes of the electorate again.
In conclusion, Mr Mullan said:
“There simply must be a total ‘zero tolerance’ approach to greed and corruption in any future government structures in this country. There can be no acceptable level of impropriety in relation to how the public purse is managed; whether that be on a grand scale as we have witnessed recently with the infamous NAMA and RHI scandals or indeed with politicians scamming the system over the years in order to ‘fill their own boots’ and the boots of other family members as well. We only have to consider the manner in which some MLAs in the last mandate retired with huge settlement pay-outs and are now returning to front line politics again like Oliver Twist coming back to the table with hands outstretched asking ‘Please Sir, can I have some more.’
Enough is enough is enough!!”