It’s reflective of our elected politicians…we don’t want leaders; we want fixers and wheeler dealers to get money to our localities. We shouldn’t be too surprised when they don’t follow the rules…we don’t want them to!
Anyone there has lost all authority now. What a mess!
Theres an element of truth in that. Progressive Ireland is a bastion of group think and has been for quite sometime. Anyone who raised their head above the parapet in opposition during the ‘debate’ around the Repeal the 8th campaign knows that very well.
And yes much of that same over enthusiastic curtain twitching is back in evidence in the rush to shame those who have questioned the lockdown or even aspects of it.
However, what we have in this instance is an establishment that has presided over unprecedented, totalitarian measures, supposedly introduced in the public interest (with high levels of compliance on the back of the mantra “we’re all in it together”) but who clearly do not buy into any aspect of those same measures themselves. Not just individuallly but en masse and as a collective.
Its GUBU stuff. Galway tent carry on. Its unedifying and it also traverses party political lines (interestingly a former workers party affiliate was one of the organisers) as well as being a conspiracy theorists wet dream. Basically the Stonecutters episode of the Simpsons.
We’re clearly not all in it together, and despite Mahon and NAMA and the rest this fact still appears to be news to some people… and many are rightfully angry as a result.
Big Phil has issued a statement to the effect that hes very sorry but he wont be resigning unless his current employers in Europe tell him to.
Thats none of Hogan, Brian Hayes or Seamus Woulfe (it seems) are willing to fall on their swords on the back of the fallout of the golfgate mess. All FGers.
Calleary and FF will be perceived to have come out of this with more credibility than FG. At least Calleary resigned immediately.
Big decision for the Greens now. Theyre at 3 percent in the latest poll so clearly their preference wouldnt be for an immediate election. However, can things really get any better from here?
The likelihood must be that things are going to go from bad to worse as the schools are due to reopen (no doubt chaotically) and a budget on the horizon. Anyone associated with this Government is likely to do themselves serious damage over the longer term.
FF, at 4 % in Dublin, are heading in the direction of Labour with a new alignment likely in Irish politics being FG v SF into the future.
The only thing that could possibly save FF would be to seek to inhabit the currently uninhabited ‘anti woke’ space that exists in Irish politics. That would be conservative and nationalist on social issues and the national question, along with a left of centre economic outlook. There is a vote there that is currently absent a home, probably between 15 and 20% as a starting point. Someone will eventually step into that space. It just remains to be seen who.
I know what you mean, but what is missing in Ireland is a right of centre party full stop.
FG are not really right of centre economically, based on their handling of the economy, and the old FF/FG conservative vote has just been abandoned by both of them.
I would never write off Fianna Fail, and especially not based on one opinion poll. They will be back for sure but their electorate want to wring their necks. Again.
For their part in the lockdown fiasco and trying to out woke the terminally woke FG/Labour/SF/Greens. Just won’t wash in the heartlands and the likes of O’Cuiv understand this.