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Just why DO people always do the open-book-as-if-actually-reading-it thing at launches?

Posted by Jason O on May 17, 2010 in Irish Politics, Not quite serious.

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 <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/ograpix/">ografiannafail</a> posted a photo:</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ograpix/4397505615/" title="Ógra meets Minister Mary Hanafin T.D."><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2722/4397505615_8978491aaf_m.jpg" width="240" height="160" alt="Ógra meets Minister Mary Hanafin T.D." /></a></p> <p>Ógra members John Regan, Declan Harmon, Joseph O'Neill and Mark Curley meet with Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Social and Family Affairs to discuss Ógra's proposals on combating youth unemployment.</p>


The cheek of them!

Posted by Jason O on May 17, 2010 in Irish Politics

I’ve recently become aware of a well known (in Dublin) candidate for the Dail contacting political activists to work on his campaign. What was interesting was that two of the activists apparently had the audacity, on listening to his invitation, to inquire of him as to what where his political objectives. Not what seat was he hoping to win, but what issues did he feel strongly about? Apparently this threw him, and he never bothered them again. One of the activists is a real grafter who has worn out his shoe leather knocking on doors and delivering leaflets for candidates in the past, and should have been bent over backwards to accomodate. He (the grafter) wondered was he being cheeky asking the question? I don’t think so. It’s perfectly reasonable for someone who has a valuable political commodity (their time and effort) and wants to get a good return on it by investing in a candidate that shares their values. The fact that this candidate regarded someone asking these questions with trepidation says a lot about what sort of TD they’d make. 


The first electoral test for Cameron and Clegg: 27th May.

Posted by Jason O on May 17, 2010 in British Politics

Challenge for the Coalition.

Challenge for the Coalition.

On 27th May 2010 the Thirsk and Malton deferred general election will be held, electing an MP to this new nominally Tory seat with a Lib Dem runner up. One would assume the Tories will carry it easily, but it does raise questions about future byelections.

For example:

What happens if the Coalition parties win a majority of the vote but Labour wins the seat? How is that interpreted? Might it make Tories take a different view of the Alternative Vote? Could we see AV brought in, assuming a win in the referendum, for byelections?

Or: Can the Lib Dems now win ANY byelections if the Tories are standing, if people see a byelection as a mini-referendum, as they often do, on the government? Will the Lib Dem vote collapse by going to support either the Tories or Labour?

Thirdly: Would it be interesting if the pollsters were to start polling Lib Dem and Tory voters as to where their second preferences might go? Would that allow the Tories and Lib Dems to then ponder the possibility of standing down candidates in byelections against each other?

Finally, what happens if Lib Dem voters turn out to be (as I suspect many will) far more Tory friendly then Lib Dem activists? What sort of pressure does that put on Clegg?

Interesting stuff.    

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