Credit where it is due. FG’s proposals for political reform should be given consideration. They aren’t perfect, and in particular their proposals for electoral reform are too vague and limited, in that 15 seats is not enough and could, if elected on a regional basis, actually mean that small parties will win none of the seats. Also, vaguely calling for a list system is not good enough. A closed system will be packed by FF with hacks, and so it has to be a national open list with at least 30 seats to make it worthwhile.
One thing it will do for FG is at least show that FG recognise that things have to change. FF seem paralysed with indecision about the need for political reform, and it is one of those issues that does not as much catch the eye of the public (who don’t care that much about this stuff) as it does confirm the general staleness and out-of-steam image of FF.
FF could completely take the wind out of FG’s sails by bringing their own proposals to the people in a referendum in the autumn (perhaps from Sean Ardagh’s committee), along with the Dublin Mayoral election and the (now) three byelections, and give us all a day out, but what are the chances of FF coming up with anything radical and fresh by then?