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Fianna Fail can win this referendum with one sentence.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 4, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

Flinging himself on his sword for his country?

Flinging himself on his sword for his country?

There’s a lot of talk about national interest and patriotism around the Lisbon debate. There is also a factor at play which is that many soft Yes voters are uneasy about their vote being interpreted as an endorsement of  a deeply unpopular Fianna Fail government.

Fianna Fail can solve this in one sentence: Promise a general election in November if there is a Yes vote. Overnight, it will remove the “Let’s kick the bastards.” temptation to vote No, and probably get the treaty through on 70%.

Ironically, it may even help Fianna Fail in the election, by showing them doing something selfless in the national interest. Because they’re that kind of people, aren’t they?  

 
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COIR: More posters than people.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 4, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

Wooo! Obey the corryboard!!!

Wooo! Obey the corryboard!!!

Name three people in COIR. Go on, I dare you. Most people can’t, and yet we are letting this mysteriously well funded operation, essentially a collection of coy pieces of corryboard, decide the future of the country.

Aside from the Youth Defence connection, we haven’t a butcher’s who they are, and yet we listen to them over the opinions of the people WE ELECT to our national parliament?

I have met people who have repeated a claim they read on a COIR poster, and asked them who told them that. They don’t know. They mumble about the poster, but can’t answer who put it up. Go have a look at the Yes campaign sites. They all have people you recognise, including people you can sack at the next election. Now go to the Coir website. Have a look at all the names…except you can’t. They’re aren’t any. Even in the Who We Are section.  

In short, we are being told what to do by pieces of corryboard.

What next? Stationery for a No Vote? Tippex Against The Treaty?   

 

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