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Why are Fianna Fail so easy on the opposition?

Posted by Jason O on Dec 10, 2009 in Irish Politics |

FF need to start asking: "Where's the beef?"

FF need to start asking: "Where's the beef?"

The budget was hard, and will hurt a lot of people. That’s what recessions do. What surprises me about this budget, and FF’s communication of it, is FF’s inability to take FG and Labour to task over their alternatives. Rather than spend money on their we-have-to-have-a-website-so-let’s-have-a-website, why not set up a very media friendly site outlining the opposition’s alternatives, including tallying, dating and costing every “Call for more resources” (And subsequent tax increases) issued by every opposition spokesperson, and putting it all on a single handy-to-read sheet? For example, every opposition TD, when asked to explain how their promises will be funded, tend to use the same sources, tax loopholes and efficiency in the spending. Surely you can only spend that money once, if indeed it does exist at all? I don’t say this out of any particular love for FF, whose weak leadership in the good times has caused the massive and unsustainable spike in spending, but let us at least have a proper debate.  

1 Comment

James Lawless
Jan 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm

We just can’t do outrage. I realised this recently. I was doing a media interview about a local problem and there I was ducking and diving and playing my best sicilian defence which even I admitted had holes in at times (a knight and bishop can wreak havoc down the side column). Anyway it was only afterwards when I thought, “What the hell, A) I’m not on the bloody council and B) we (FF) only have one guy out of five on the relevant committee anyway. Why didn’t I just slam the lot of em?”..

We’re so used to being guilty our first line of attack is defence.


 

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