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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?  

4 Comments

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 :)
http://lowlyjourno.blogspot.com/2009/09/cowen-and-out.html

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.


 
Kosmopolito
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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