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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?     

3 Comments

SK
Jun 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

I know a lot of people I know were gunning for FF, not because of the pain they have had to inflict in the past 6 months, but because it was their policies (over the last 5 years) that landed us in the mess in the first place. That is not something that better communication or a non-culchie Taoiseach is going to fix.


 
James Lawless
Sep 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Hi Jason, I was one of those taking a thumping on 5th June, but I’m also an FF blogger who occasionally anyway tries to tell it how it is.. I like your own site btw some excellent articles and almost all catering to my obsessive interest in all things polaiteach.. keep up the good work.

(PS Met you at Averil’s wedding a few years back we were at same table)

James


 
James Lawless
Jan 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

You might like my latest missive actually:

http://www.irishelection.com/2010/01/highs-and-lows-2009/


 

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