Too right wing for some FG voters? August 13, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, Social Policy, The Left.
The latest edition of the Phoenix in the piece on Rónán Mullen and where he might go were he to join a political party notes that ‘Fine Gael’s arch conservative younger generation appear more compatible bed fellows [than Fianna Fáil]’.
Perhaps so. Perhaps so.
There’s little question that there are some FG TDs who are vociferously right wing. In the past five years or so this was most evident on economic issues, but one curiosity of the present government is the way in which on social issues this is coming more to the fore. This may well be a function of coalition and the ‘lock’ on economic policy which has somewhat constrained FG (but let’s not overstate it – it’s not quite their way or the highway, but it’s certainly a lot more their way than that of the LP).
This raises the thought is, for example, Lucinda Creighton too right wing for some Fine Gael voters? I only ask on foot of the thoughts of someone I was talking to last week who noted that given the make up of Dublin South-East in the past her interesting thoughts on issues social – gay marriage being an example, might not necessarily be vote winners there amongst the more socially liberal. Now granted she is a two time winner in the constituency, and now twice second to romp home. But it’s a puzzling trajectory she appears to be following, is it not?
Indeed the comments of others in FG who paint the party as ‘Christian Democrat’ and with much that that implies brings with it problems with sections of its support.
And the thought then strikes is there a deeper strategy on the part of the LP to try to accentuate such differences over the next while precisely to point up the distinctiveness between the two parties [FG and the LP], again given that both are locked into essentially the same economic approach where there is unlikely to be any great difference? For both parties while the outcome may be different the need is there.
On the other hand does Creighton hope to appeal to ex FF voters to take up the slack if there is a drift on the part of more socially liberal voters to the LP?
I’ve no conclusions at all about this, but just see this as yet another element of the chaos that makes up contemporary Irish politics.