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Meet Margot Wallstrom, one of the few commissioners who speaks Earthling.

Posted by Jason O on Jun 8, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

Margot a Go-Go!

 

 

Margot a Go-Go!

Generation Yes are having a town hall meeting with EU Vice President Margot Wallstrom, whom those of you who have met her at European Movement events will know is one of the few commissioners who can actually speak to human beings.  Details here.   

 
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The Elections: Were they worth it?

Posted by Jason O on Jun 8, 2009 in Irish Politics

Adrian Weckler makes a fair point here.

 
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Toasted Greens? It’s actually worse.

Posted by Jason O on Jun 8, 2009 in Irish Politics

A member of the Green Party yesterday.

A member of the Green Party yesterday.

There are pieces of toast wandering around the country at the moment going “F**k me, but I’m glad I’m not a Green Party candidate” such is the dire state of the party. 18 councillors to 3 is a wipeout in anybody’s book. But that is not even the scary bit for the Greens.

I was involved with the PDs from 1991-2005, and during that time the Green Party was always the safe default party for transfers and protest votes. Now, for the first time in its history, that’s been taken away from it, and look what happens. What’s more, there is no reason to believe that it will not happen in a general election, because there is no reason to vote Green now. The radical-ish party of protest is gone. Their transfer friendliness is gone, and they are trapped in an unpopular government they can’t leave for fear of annhilation, unless their members rebel.

It is reminiscent of the last years of the PDs, where the party’s identity was neutralised by FF, but it was unable to leave. Yet even the PDs didn’t do this badly in local elections. The Greens will be tempted to try and deliver on their policy agenda, but that isn’t the issue. The PD vote used to go up not on policy delivery but when FFers bitched about them. It was when they started calling the PDs “lovely people to work with” that the PDs knew they were screwed.

The Greens need to turn nasty with FF, or else. It’ll be bad for policy, but good for politics.

 
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Fianna Fail can change. But does it want to?

Posted by Jason O on Jun 8, 2009 in Irish Politics

Fianna Fail: Do even its members think it is worth saving?

Fianna Fail: Do even its members think it is worth saving?

Some good people got hammered on Friday, primarily because their association with Fianna Fail pretty much overruled, in the eyes of voters, anything that they personally offered. Sure, they got some traditional Fianna Fail votes, but then there were more voters who might have given them a vote until they saw the FF logo, and then it was invite to a meeting of the Gary Glitter Junior Members Fan Club country. And as for the famous Fianna Fail “machine”, forget it. It’s like a aul fella’s mickey: Worn out, smells of piss and you’d be mortified to take it out in public.  Fianna Fail is a franchise operation now, and not a particularly good one at that.

Yet these are, for the most part, good people, and have carried the burden of Fianna Fail’s actions in government with them. So what for them now?

They will know themselves what’s wrong with Fianna Fail. A lot of the crap they got on the doorsteps is unavoidable. We have to cut back on public spending or increase taxes because that is life, and people who tell you that there is a magical painless solution, “Taxing the rich”, are either idiots or liars.

But there is a lot that Fianna Fail can do to at least show the Irish people that it is sincere. The party was dragged into reforming junior ministers and some TDs expenses. It has basically bottled out of Oireachtas pensions reform, because, as one Fianna Failer put it to me, “the Parliamentary Party won’t wear it”. In other words, even in the middle of this crisis, there are still a majority of FF TDs worrying about their own pockets.

Well, keep up that attitude, and there won’t be much of a parliamentary party to worry about. But here’s the thing: I keep meeting Fianna Fail people who are as appalled as I am about various actions of the government, and yet never say a peep within the party. Why is it, for example, that there isn’t a single Fianna Fail blogger who tells it straight to his own party? Is FF really so delicate that any sort of constructive criticism is regarded as treason or making trouble? If that’s the way it is going to be in Fianna Fail then the party deserves  to get the shit hammered out of it in a general election.

After all, if Fianna Failers aren’t willing to save themselves, why should the voters bother?     

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