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One of the most depressing weeks in Irish politics.

Posted by Jason O on Nov 19, 2011 in Irish Politics |

Although I’m no longer a member of a political party, I have considered myself a politically engaged citizen. After this week, I’m not so sure. Just look at the political vista spread out before us: A government made up of two parties which, through either incompetence or just bare faced deception is now reduced to actually having to listen to their own speeches, their own speeches, being read back to them in opposition to their policies in government.

Or what about Fianna Fail, having recklessly run the economy into the ground, now pretending that nothing has happened and advocating the exact populist “these cutbacks are a disgrace, this county deserves that new road” positions that allowed them to thrash the country in the first place, effectively making the speeches made against Fianna Fail when they were in government.

Then we have Sinn Fein and the United Left both pushing a line that all the cutbacks can be reversed and paid for by somebody else other than the majority of voters, neither party of the alleged left willing to advocate the reasonable left wing concept of common sacrifice through higher taxation for all as the price for the common good.

In short, save for constitutional referenda, why would I bother voting? Is it that unreasonable to want a party of the centre that does not overpromise and undeliver, that recognises that every euro spent must be earned and accounted for, and that does not sign up to the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael/Labour “Omerta” code of silence when it comes to making politicians pensions and severance packages reflect the reality of the lives of their voters? Is it madness to want a party that resists the Irish political urge to say whatever it takes to get elected, on the basis that getting elected is the goal and everything else, like actually running the country, will be sorted out on the day?

Of course, I’m assuming that the Irish voters would actually vote for such a party, but given the old-style “F**K everyone else!” demands of the voters of Roscommon and Mullingar, I won’t be holding my breath.  

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Cynic
Nov 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm

the old-style “F**K everyone else!” demands of the voters of Roscommon and Mullingar

The voters of Roscommon are peeved at the prospect of being decanted – after an hour-plus journey – into an already overstretched A&E in Galway. How dare the peasants be so insolent.

Parish-pump and parochial politics are, of course, anything that doesn’t affect the interests of the Dublin upper-middle classes.


 
Jason O
Nov 23, 2011 at 7:50 am

Read the Hanley Report.


 
Cynic
Nov 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I’ll emphasise the relevant part of my first sentence:

“The voters of Roscommon are peeved at the prospect of being decanted – after an hour-plus journey – into an already overstretched A&E in Galway.”

The same point can be made about other hospitals – Drogheda is the most glaring example which has had the workload of the former A&Es in Dundalk and Navan loaded onto it in the last few years.

If you want to centralise facilities, then make sure that the hospitals that you’re centralising them to are able to cope with the resultant increased workload. That’s not happening.


 
Jason O
Nov 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

It’s a curious aspect of Irish government that it seems incapable of putting in place a satisfactory new arrangement before removing the old one. I always wondered why the govt never created a squadron of paramedic equipped helicopters BEFORE closing rural A&Es.


 

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