The fact that we’re in the middle on an invisible general election for the upper house of our national parliament really says it all about the Seanad. A previous resident of my house is still receiving Seanad election literature, as happened during previous elections, yet not once has a set of ballot papers ever arrived, which makes me wonder as to what register is being used to send out the literature.
The other striking thing is the varied quality of the literature. Some candidates are very in-depth in terms of their political positions. Others are bizarrely vague to the point of making one assume they are either imbeciles or else complete charlatans who believe that blurting out buzzwords is enough to win over an electorate. I’ve received one litir from an NUI candidate who calls for “Legislation-Reform needed in key areas including: Education, and Health” and “Economic and Social Reform to stimulate the economy” What does that mean, do you suppose? The compulsory abortion of surplus population? Building a Tunnel to Cardiff? Who knows. If he does, he ain’t telling anyone.
By the way, given that this will be Fine Gael’s greatest Seanad result ever, does anyone really believe that these new senators will vote to abolish themselves? Why do I have a suspicion that Seanad abolition will be replaced by some form of half-arsed Seanad reform, letting us elect 20 senators or somesuch as a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Card for Enda? Somewhere in Government Buildings is a young Blue desperately clipping and pasting old Seanad reform reports together like billio. Bless.