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Beachhead established! Go! Go! Go!

Posted by Jason O on Feb 16, 2009 in Not quite serious.

 The entertaining and non-evil Tory blogger Mr. Iain Dale has reported this  joyous piece of news. I’m slightly saddened. I always hoped we’d eventually take Central Office with EU paratroopers, like a scene from “A Bridge Too Far.”

 
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PD leader to join Labour? Why the shock?

Posted by Jason O on Feb 16, 2009 in Irish Politics

 There seems to be some surprise at recent speculation that PD leader Senator Ciaran Cannon may join the Labour party. I would suggest that the people who express ideological outrage at this might actually benefit from climbing out of the academic closet for a bit and spending some time in Irish politics.

The fact is, neither the Labour party nor the Progressive Democrats are as far apart as it has suited both parties to pretend to be. A play-act, by the way, mostly suited to assuaging the ideological headbangers in both parties.

In government, the “right wing Thatcherite” PDs let benchmarking and massive public spending growth go through on the nod. No Friedmanites these! In government Labour brought in a tax amnesty for the rich, and failed to bring in union recognition or the minimum wage, so hardly a page torn from the Big Book of Socialism either.

And yet, both parties boast a predominantly middle class electorate, are socially liberal, and have an inbuilt suspicion of  Fianna Fail for similar reasons. Also, both parties actually take the whole ethics in government thing quite seriously.  

Yes, there are differences on some things like private hospitals and the unions, but you’ll find those differences within FF and FG too. 

It’s not a surprise that he may head Labour way. Why, I can think of one very senior PD who only joined the party after being told they would not get a nomination in the Labour party.

And no, I ain’t tellin’.

 
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TDs lash out at greater interest in US politics than Irish.

Posted by Jason O on Feb 16, 2009 in Irish Politics, Not quite serious.

 

Leinster House: Just like Congress. Without the political stuff, obviously. Irish politicians have expressed grave concern at the fact that the Irish public seem to be more interested in the US political system than local Irish politics.

Fine Gael TD Michael Ring suggested that he could not understand “this fascination at all. There are people going around parishes in Mayo more interested in Barack Obama’s plan to reduce global warming over a nine year period then the fact that I attended three funerals in Westport and two in Castlebar last Tuesday.”

Dublin South West TD Charlie Tallaght O’Connor lashed out at voters more concerned with regulating global finance then the fact that he had mentioned Tallaght twice in the same day in a Dail debate on Shrimp regulations. The deputy stated: “ Global financial stability is all well and good, but when are people going to pay attention as to who got his press release out first welcoming the council’s decision to consider putting new traffic lights on the Greenhills road? It’s about priorities.”

FG leader Enda Kenny just can’t see the attraction: “ Vision? Policies? When will the Irish people realise that the level of  earnest political discourse in this country is just as invigorating. Why, only last week the Taoiseach said that the steak and kidney pie in the Dail restaurant was probably the nicest dish, which is absolute nonsense. The dogs in the street know the lasagne is far superior, and if the Taoiseach doesn’t get it, it’s time he found himself another occupation.”

Labour leader Eamonn Gilmore dismissed the FF/FG spat as civil war politics, and pointed out that the shepherd’s pie was by far the nicest, especially with a small avocado and rocket salad.

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