Fianna Fail expelled Beverly Cooper Flynn from the parliamentary party yesterday after she lost her case in the Supreme Court last week. She’s arguing it’s a harsh punishment compared to the punishments (not) meted out on the likes of Ray Burke. Maybe so, but that still doesn’t make it the wrong decision.
The thing that bothers me though is the suggestion that if she runs as an independent, she will easily get reelected by the voters of Mayo, just like Michael Lowry did when he was thrown out of Fine Gael. It just goes to show that opinion polls lie – most people want “clean” politicians, and yet we constantly reelect those who have been shown to be or are suspected of being crooks. It’s really simple – democracy means we are run by the leaders we deserve.