There were and are exceptions to the rule:
- David Norris commands my admiration. Not because I agree with him on most issues, but because he is a person I truly respect for being original and true to himself.
- Michael McDowell has won my support as a politician who tried to do what he promised to the best of his ability - and I am happy to hear that he is going to run again for the Dail in the next contest.
Check out his website www.votemannixflynn.ie. Don't come telling me that his ideas are wrong. They might be. It's your own call. But in our depreciated age when virtually every politico (add the same for academics, journalists and so on) is a carbon copy of the other, Mannix offers something different from the tired parade of the councilors who, come elections, fake passion better than the Eurovision contestants and then spend years in the City Council dividing the spoils.