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Are Fine Gael actually TRYING to lose the votes of rational people?

Posted by Jason O on May 13, 2010 in European Union, Irish Politics |

You say Tomato, I say you Fianna Fail F**king bastards!

You say Tomato, I say you Fianna Fail F**king bastards!

Fine Gael’s attack on the suggested Commission scrutiny of national budgets is infuriating to people like me, who should be natural FG voters. The fact is, our currency is in big trouble because there has not been enough scrutiny and peer review of national budgets, and we know damn well that if FG were in government now they would have no problem with this proposal.

FG can’t keep opposing things just because Fianna Fail suggest it. They just can’t. The country has just witnessed an exciting and fascinating electoral contest next door, and an exciting outcome. Meanwhile, our chief opposition party is still engaged in a school yard jersey pulling level of politics. It’s time for FG to grow up. We can’t afford this shit anymore, and if they don’t cop themselves on they’re going to drive people like me to Fianna Fail if only because they are actually (by forced necessity, admittedly) doing the right thing.  

4 Comments

John
May 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I think the rhetoric employed was a bit OTT, but I think there is a point here which is sound.
Fine Gael in the New Politics document proposed a detailed mechanism to reform how budgets were made in this country – within that process, where the opposition and outside experts could play a role in the decision making process at best, or at least have access to the same information, then giving the European Commission a role in such a process would be non-controversial.

But having a situation whereby the government continues to make the budget in secret but involved the European Commission in the process, and then presents a fait accompli to the Dáil is treating the parliament and in particular, the opposition with utter disdain and contempt. I have no problem involving the European Commission in the budget process – but only as part of an open and transparent budgeting process. Doing everything behind closed doors is not something that anyone committed to parliamentary democracy could credibly support.


 
Jason O
May 14, 2010 at 6:55 am

I agree. But in fairness, the FG New Politics document still allows for the budget to be prepared in secret, and revealed in November, pretty much same as before, surely?


 
John
May 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

That’s not my reading of it. It would be a fairly open and transparent process over a number of months.


 
Jason O
May 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

So, an FG minister for finance will submit the actual draft budget document to public scrutiny weeks before the vote, with the actual specific details on tax and spending changes? Fair enough.


 

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