GE 16 - How will you vote?


#21

But they are heroes? :unamused:


#22

Which (if any) parties are likely to benefit from the 1916 centenary? I can see all sorts of arguments for and against various parties being helped or hurt but would be interested in other opinions.


#23

Regardless of the centenary the majority will stick with the status quo as long as they feel things are improving.


#24

There is no way the ‘status quo’ will secure the votes of more than one third of the electorate.


#25

Are they even running any candidates? I’ve seen a few posters up before but not recently.

I could see maybe Francis and Rick pulling in a few votes from rural constituencies hollowed out by emigration, but Andy and John would be less well known and they’d probably struggle to win over the younger urban demographic and the hardcore republican vote.


#26

The quality of contribution to this forum has really never been quite as poor as it is now.


#27

It’s a poll thread; there’s already a 46 page thread on the General Election.


#28

And you’ve 150 posts since 23/01/16 - what does that say?

You’d swear there was a general election around the corner.


#29

I agree. Please stop electioneering.


#30

Ah, I dunno. This thread is a bit of a test of Coles’ past assertion that the posters on this forum are a bunch of “fat-necked moronic Blueshirts”. I think I have the capitalisation right.

The poll results have the FNMBS in the lead but still a minority.


#31

On a good day, sure, but I honestly don’t know - haven’t seen poll numbers for Dublin Bay South (if there are any?)

I will say that the Greens are polling slightly better nationally recently (albeit probably still within a margin of error of zero…), and they did okay in local and European elections (Eamonn Ryan was far more competitive than expected that time out). Also that area has traditionally been fairly Green-friendly for the last number of election cycles (excluding 2012, obviously).

Looking at Catherine Martin in Dublin-Rathdown again and I think she could run Alex White close for the third seat. I’m predicting Shatter will get in to the second seat at a canter behind Shane Ross in first, but I very much hope to be surprised.

(Wouldn’t altogether surprise me if the Greens didn’t get any seats either BTW)


#32

All I can say is I’m glad we’re not likely to be fully moved into our new house before the election. Not a lot to choose from in Dublin Bay South. Lucinda Creighton’s been stalking us but, even if we were registered there for this election, she wouldn’t be getting my vote. There’s a much wider choice in Dublin Bay North and it will be an interesting competition there.


#33

The Greens. They’re the only ones who aren’t boring us all rigid with it. :smiley:


#34

+1 Roll on 2017 :slight_smile:


#35

See that was what I was wondering. Some parties are going all nationalistic and positioning themselves as the parties of 1916; I wonder however does that just make them seem anachronistic and out of touch with younger voters? Or does it make them seem patriotic and relevant?


#36

Wot? Are they dustin’ off their Sinn Fein roots or is it IRB roots? XD


#37

In SF’s case it makes them seem as stuck in the past ideologically as one might have suspected. In the others’ case it just makes them seem like the opportunists they are. I think any party who tries to ‘claim’ the celebrations/ commemorations for themselves (including SF) also risks alienating the many people living here, Irish and otherwise, who don’t fully identify with that historical version of ‘Irishness’. I include myself in that to, to a point, even though my own family had its fair share of Republicans back in those days. Times and attitudes have changed and while I do think Irish sovereignty is something to celebrate, I’m not entirely comfortable with overdoing the military pomp and circumstance and over-romanticising the whole thing.


#38

On related note, the Army are apparently visiting my son’s school this week to present them with an Irish flag. The kids are furiously learning the national anthem. Strikes me as somewhat jingoistic, but no harm I suppose. If it gets them interested in history it would be good.


#39

I think one of the important points to note about the Easter Rising was that it was a strike against the Empire and the imperialism that it opposed was killing millions in the so called “Great War”.

Also, when you visit Kilmainham Gaol and see the spot where Connolly was strapped to a chair and shot, it is easy to miss the museum that details the ordinary “criminals” who were incarcerated there. One of the indictments of the state post-1922 is that similar people ended up in prison for similar “crimes”.


#40

No harm in some ways as you say if it gets them interested in history but the prism through which they receive their historical lesson matters. I saw a picture recently in my parents’ house drawn by my niece who’s attending a Gaelscoil. It was a picture of the soldiers giving their school an Irish flag. In the corner of the page was a union jack crossed out and a speech bubble saying ‘Boo ar na Sasanaigh!’ Not particularly nice anyway but especially dodgy given that her own grandfather was English (though he died a long time before she was born)! That sort of stuff is what turns me off it all.