SF: ‘Pathetic?’… Not so sure about that now… July 6, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, Sinn Féin, The Left.
Hard to entirely take seriously what is reported in the Irish Times from the debate on the NTMA bond sale yesterday in the Dáil.
She asked if the Government would “finally honour” the caps on salaries to political advisors.
But Mr Quinn retorted: “I will take no lecture from a party whose military wing visited two and a half decades of austerity on this island.”
He then announced the bond sale results and when Ms McDonald started to intervene as he spoke, the Minister said: “You can’t even accept good news, God love you,” adding “you’re really pathetic”.
Is it good news? Will this ease the burden of austerity? The Guardian report here is useful in terms of puncturing any complacency.
And does he really think that the line about ‘austerity’ in relation to the IRA has much purchase? I ask that in terms of its utility, not in terms of its entirely questionable logic. For many, perhaps most SF voters the period from 1970 to 1990 (let’s be honest, that was the high period of IRA activity) is long long ago. The sort of equivalent to the 1950s and 1960s to myself. I simply don’t think that that has the traction he thinks it has. But more to the point he should realise that a critique of a past is simply not enough when people are faced with the present. Or to put it at its pithiest ‘it’s the economy, stupid’. It always will be the economy in a context of almost 15 per cent unemployment and falling economic metrics and unless the LP faces up to this they’re going to be permanently on the back foot.
It’s not that SF is beyond criticism. Leftists and Republicans, whether friendly or antagonistic can and should critique them. That’s part and parcel of political activity and discourse and increasingly necessary as they increase in influence.
But the ‘pathetic’ jibe, that’s really pointless. Perhaps Quinn thinks that will work to fend off a rising SF. If so I fear he will be sorely disappointed.