Fianna Fail can win this referendum with one sentence.

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 thoughts on “Fianna Fail can win this referendum with one sentence.

  1. 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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