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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?  


Cormac bohan
Sep 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm

well said jason. Only problem is that turkeys won’ve vote for xmas. Cheers. Cormac.

Daniel Sullivan
Sep 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Great minds and all that. http://www.danielsullivan.ie/blog/?p=792 You know I suspect there’s a few bodies think the same thing.

Declan Cashin
Sep 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Great minds indeed :)

Clearly, lots of people are realising the same thing, and in Cowen’s heart he must know that this is a surefire way to ensure passage of Lisbon. But it seems the referendum that’s “essential for the future of the country” takes a back seat to saving Cowen’s and his party’s asses.

Sep 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

Good idea, indeed.

A couple of years ago before the French referendum I kept telling people the same thing. Chirac was hugely unpopular at the time and I was convinced he would have won the referendum by promising his resignation after a “yes” vote…

Mixing domestic politics with (European) referendum questions is always a problematic thing.



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