Ya it’s catch 22. Do you vote for the local canidate who is good at his job and will represent the area the best but his party is useless, or do you vote for the local idiot because you think his party is better?
I’m one of those who generally votes for the party. I’m not affiliated with any party and reserve the right to vote for different ones based on how I perceive their performance to have been and what particular policies they’re advocating this time. I completely accept that many local issues are very important - local hospital, state of the schools, job threats or whatever - but I always get the impression (maybe incorrectly) that some people make their voting decision based on the most insignificant local things and don’t look beyond them to consider what’s going on nationally. Now, I’ve clearly got no problem with someone who puts in hard work locally and gets elected but it’s pretty sickening when you see someone like Beverly Cooper-Flynn getting elected, irrespective of what she’s done for Mayoooo.
Voting for proven fraudsters like her and Lowry is wrong though in every sense. I know all politics is local but the mentality of people in Mayo and Tipp who vote in these proven corrupt cunts is disgusting.