TMITP: Well, it should be for the ordinary people, for a start. You know, the Guards, farmers, young people, old people, unemployed, businesspeople, doctors, nurses, people with disabilities. That sort of thing?
ME: So, everybody except property developers and people associated with banks?
TMITP: Absolutely. Except for Sean Quinn, of course. Or my brother in law, obviously. And yer man who built the clubhouse for the hurlin’ in the parish, he’s a lovely fella. NAMA are giving him a shockin’ hard time, I hear.
ME: And what should the new party stand for?
TMITP: Well, it should be against all these taxes, for a start! and all these cutbacks too! Now, I’ve a sister in law who’s a nurse and she has taken a cut of……
ME: Sorry to cut across you, but you want a new party that supports cutting taxes and increasing public spending?
TMITP: That’s right.
ME: Wasn’t that basically the policy of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and the PDs that got us into this mess?
TMITP: Eh…yeah…but they forgot about the ordinary people. A new crowd could, like, do it better.
TMITP: By listening to the ordinary people.
ME: Like say the bus drivers, maybe?
TMITP: That crowd! They should be put up against the wall! And don’t get me started on the teachers!
ME: So, teachers aren’t ordinary people, in your opinion?
TMITP: They’re like royalty. Ah, here’s Tom!
ME: Hello Tom. Yer man here was saying teachers are like royalty!
TOM: Are you joking! My youngest is a teacher! The teachers are carryin’ the country! Carryin’ it! If there’s anyone on the pig’s back, it’s the nurses!
TMITP: Now steady on there! The nurses…
ME: Sorry to interrupt Tom, a quick question: do you think we need a new party?