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Fine Gael: Bond with Labour, or strangle them!

Posted by Jason O on Jan 7, 2009 in Just stuff

Inda jungle, the mighty jungle...
Back in 1989, when FF conceded on the principle of coalition, who would have thought what it meant? FF permanently in government.
The truth is, we live in a kind of Hong Kong style democracy where we only really get to choose the non-FF members of the cabinet. It’s as if FF have some sort of constitutional right to ten cabinet seats. The reason for this is that, bizarrely, there is only one party that absolutely will not put an FF taoiseach back in, and they won’t tell anyone!
FG needs Labour, and Labour is FF’s backdoor back in if the election goes bad.
Isn’t it time that FG puts the foot down? A vote for Labour is either a vote to put FF out, or else back in again. It can’t be both, and if Labour won’t make the call, then FG should do it for them, and go after Labour too. Sure, FG people will say that they cannot win without Labour, which is true, but it can’t keep standing outside Labour’s house with a wilting bouquet as Labour speeds off on another night of blouse fumbling with FF. There is such a thing as dignity.

 
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Why we need a strong EU.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 7, 2009 in Events, Lisbon Treaty

EUseful! (Sorry. The Pun Police have been notified.)Russia is using natural gas as a strategic weapon to enforce its will on the Ukraine, and indeed on Europe. It’s true, the Russians may have a legitimate gripe with the Ukraine over gas prices, but the fact is, the EU failure to have a coherent energy policy is now hurting individual EU member states.

Surely we should have an EU gas reserve, jointly funded and owned by the whole union, to assist in situations like this? Secondly, should we not fund a pipeline that avoids Russia altogether and instead goes to Iraq through the Balkans? I believe the Commission is working on such an idea, but it needs to be highlighted as a priority.

This isn’t an airy-fairy issue. Elderly Europeans will die if we cannot guarantee gas supplies for home heating. This is about continental security, and about whether we are masters of our own destiny or should just get fitted for a Moscow saddle.

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