Next Saturday sees voting in our general election take place. The front runners are Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein - Tweedledee, Tweedledum and Tweedleduh.
The rise of Sinn Fein, in the polls at any rate, is making the headlines. So, why RTE continues to deny Mary Lou McDonald the opportunity to participate in its showpiece leaders' debate seems wholly without justification. The Red C Poll places her at the top of the poll alongside Micheal Martin of Fianna Fail, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael trailing behind. Yet next Tuesday evening's debate is between Martin and Varadkar. At the very least even if the broadcaster wants to grudgingly reverse position, it can do so on the grounds that people with McDonald's level of approval need to have their ideas exposed to public scrutiny. Either way RTE is doing the public a disservice through denying her the podium to promote her perspective and by failing to have that perspective critically scrutinised.
Because it is much the same as the other parties Sinn Fein will be no better or worse in government. They will break their promises and blame everybody else for preventing them implementing their programme. There will be no retention of the pension age at 65, no additional new houses, no extra hospital beds, no more anything. Just the same old same old to the ring of vacuous claims that without it in government, the situation would have been much worse: a what it had, it held sort of nonsense. Sinn Fein while having many good members is essentially a political career structure. Its participation in the Northern administration saw absolutely nothing radical emerge while the community that elected its ineffectual MLAs was the subject of austerity measures which the party did little or nothing to prevent. Sinn Fein is not about bringing structural change but is very much about managing the current structure, making talk about a united Ireland vacuous waffle.
What the growing popularity of Sinn Fein does suggest is that once the party got former President Gerry Adams to step aside, although hardly down, the party became more voter friendly. The stench of decomposition that simply oozed from the pores of the Provisional IRA's former chief of staff made him as huggable as a skunk in the noses of too many voters. For long enough Mary Lou McDonald looked to be under pressure given some poor electoral outings and a disastrous Presidential foray. With the articulate and economically literate Pearse Doherty hovering too close for comfort, there was some speculation that her days as the appointed one were over. No more. Her rise in the polls has guaranteed her tenure for the foreseeable future. Although it is worth bearing in mind that "at a point during the last election campaign, in 2016, Sinn Fein was on 20pc in the polls."
As Jody Corcoran has pointed out "the issue is not Sinn Fein per se, it is also Fine Gael. The real question of this election is just how badly Fine Gael will do." If the polls are borne out it might well be the end of Varadkar's tenure as Fine Gael leader. A disastrous end for one so young with what looked like a long stay at the top. The writer Jim Duffy has opined that he is finished if the result is a repetition of the Noonan disaster, after which many wrongly predicted the demise of Fine Gael. Varadkar's best hope is a Fianna Fail-Sinn Fein coalition with his own party across the chamber with enough seats to make an effective opposition.
Whatever the outcome, this time next week, next month, next year, people will still be sleeping on the streets and lying on hospital trollies. An Ireland of the future is not an Ireland of equals.
From an international perspective, and I only have anecdotal evidence, but Varadkar elicited much venom from the ordinary Brit, he has been awful for Anglo-Irish relations. He comes across as a shyster in the pocket of the EU.ReplyDelete
He seemed out of touch on more local issues too, pictured joyfully giving the keys to a new house to the “new Irish” Omar family, and a few months later doing nothing to help that family in Roscommon being evicted by a Loyalist aligned set of thugs. The 65 or so homeless that died in Dublin that year were unlikely to get given keys by Leo either.
I found it amusing reading Patrick Murphy's Saturday article in the Irish news. According to book he had read about the EU brexit negotiations, it was claimed EU negotiators felt they had to lean heavily on Varadkar in case he folded to the Brits as he was a 'west brit' anyway.Delete
Ff will do a confidence supply agreement with Fg. Roles reversed this time. Greens and a 🌈 coalition of independents will get Ff over the line in terms of seats.ReplyDelete
Watching a ⚽ team win 33 of their past 34 league games is much more entertaining, 22 points clear, smashing the record books 📚.
SF's rise in the polls is interesting and unexpected....why? FG and FF will form a coalition and SF will grumble at being forced out in to the cold and the poor will get poorer and the rich will get richer and the people will all sup it up.....ReplyDelete
Here is your Ireland of equals:
Fine Gael = Fianna Fail = Provo Sinn Fein
West Brit Euros = Pro Brit Euros = Little Brit Euros.
A difference of degree maybe but not kind.
So, if it’s not the usual two cheeks of the same ass...
Then it’s just a three tits Rosie.
And no matter how hard you sup or suck...
You’ll get no milk from any of them.
Because they’re falsies more ways than one.
when you say equals, do you really mean Jews in an ironic way? Because I’m really concerned you will next start rounding them up and gassing them. Sadly history teaches us it never stops at just Jews either, eventually every undesirable will be exterminated.
In short , when you say equals, are you saying you want a global genocide, to subsequently install yourself as Emperor of the Übermensch? I’m scared. (Heheheh)
You’re killing me. LOL!
But I don’t want to be Emperor of the Übermensch.
I just want in an Ireland of equals where I can be a little more equal like Charlie and Bertie were:
“This marked the beginning of a long period when Haughey's spending was well beyond his apparent income level. For the rest of his life Haughey would refuse to say where the extra money came from.”
“Ahern was criticised by the Moriarty Tribunal for signing blank cheques for the then Taoiseach Charles Haughey, without asking what those cheques were for.”
“Haughey's personal wealth and extravagant lifestyle (he owned racehorses, a large motor sailing yacht Celtic Mist, an Inishvickillane island and a Gandon-designed mansion) had long been a point of speculation.”
“Of the €45million Charlie Haughey was said to have amassed due to corrupt dealings, he made a deal with Revenue where he only paid €6.5million in back taxes and penalties in relation to what he called 'undeclared political donations'. Haughey was not convicted for evading tax on his vast private income but was charged with obstructing the McCracken tribunal.”
Now do the math:
€45million minus €6.5million = €39.5 million free and clear!
And not one day to spend in jail for it all ...ever.
It’s not just Fianna Fail either:
In 1995, Denis O'Brien was head of one of six corporations looking for the lucrative second Irish mobile phone operator's licence. When he was chosen to receive the license, there was major controversy as he was suspected of bribing Fine Gael government TD and Minister for Communications Michael Lowry. The license procurement, which ultimately made O'Brien one of the richest men in Ireland, was proven to be corrupt in an investigation by the Moriarty Tribunal…
So, some Irish are doing a lot better than other Irish.
Which is why Sinn Fein also wants in both Irish colonial governments.
Because they know which side the pro-Brit bread is buttered.
As me Dad would say:
“Bi-partisan means they both have their hands in your pockets.”
So, tri-partisan means ...you guessed it ...you’re getting screwed.
And let me be perfectly frank:
This is not about Jewish people or Israel.
Eoghan , the pragmatist in me will take a shyster out for self gain over a progressive who washes up and says “nice country you have there. Be a shame if someone....FUCKED IT UP!” And thought it was an altruistic deed!ReplyDelete
I know what you mean.
As awful as Donald Trump is...
I don't think he'd send a flame throwing tank into an American home:
LESSONS FROM WACO
Like the so-called progressive Bill Clinton did: