No, I’m not endorsing the soldiers. I’m just making a point, and it is this. For all their many, many flaws, and they have many, the one thing you can be certain of with a vote for Fianna Fail is that you know what you are getting, and probably won’t be disappointed. Fianna Fail stands for pain and cuts and higher taxes.
But here’s the thing: I have no idea what the FG/Labour alternative is, because they won’t tell us. I know, to use a Clinton phrase, that they “feel our pain”, but to claim that there will be less pain under them is not really that credible. Cuts are caused by spending exceeding revenue, and they are vague about how they’ll deal with that, other than magical “efficiency savings” and closing “loopholes”.
So here’s the truth: If your purpose, as you look at your ballot paper, is to give Fianna Fail an eye-watering, stomach-nauseating kick in the knackers for mismanaging the economy, then by all means vote FG/Labour. But if you are voting FG/Labour because they say they will somehow lessen the pain, you’re deluding yourself. Pain is all that is on the menu, and in that context, Fianna Fail are actually the most honest party. And no, by the way. I can’t believe I’m putting the words “Fianna Fail” and “most honest” in the same sentence either, but these are the times we live in.