Killing two birds with one political stone… Hey, never mind the Lisbon Treaty, check out our candidates… May 28, 2008Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
Got to agree with a letter in the Irish Times today from a correspondent writing about the visuals of the Lisbon campaign.
He writes that:
My thought on reading Richard Greene’s letter of May 21st was: why would Cóir hide its name in tiny letters on its very “imaginative and eye-catching” posters if it was not to separate the message from the messenger?
He notes a curious feature of many of the posters currently up for the Lisbon both on pro and anti side.
But I was surprised, on travelling around my area, to see that many politicians are doing exactly the opposite with large images of Mary Lou McDonald (No), Eoin Ryan (Yes), Lucinda Creighton (Yes), Gay Mitchell (Yes) and Paddy McCartan (Yes) plastered on lampposts.
And asks, one presumes entirely rhetorically:
Is this relating the message to the messenger or just self-promotion in advance of next year’s European and local elections?
Answers on a poster near you today…
Meanwhile, hark, is that splashing the sound of a ship being abandoned, or at least some nervous crew members sizing up the iceberg seemingly embedded in the prow, doing the math, and coming to their own conclusions (rightly or wrongly)?
For also reported in the IT is the following…
TAOISEACH BRIAN Cowen’s behaviour towards Fine Gael is causing “unprecedented” difficulties for the party in keeping its supporters campaigning for a Yes vote, the party has declared.
Unprecedented? Why so? For here is a fulsome apology from Offaly…
Mr Cowen said yesterday he was “sorry” if some had taken offence at remarks he made in Portlaoise on Sunday, but he insisted he had not questioned the contribution being made by Fine Gael to the Lisbon campaign when he responded to questions about a Sunday newspaper poll.
Not enough according to FG, not nearly enough…
Fine Gael yesterday said that it had faced “a deluge” of calls from party councillors, party members and supporters to the party’s headquarters, its Leinster House press office and the party leader Enda Kenny’s office.
“We have not seen anything similar. It is a hard sell as it is to separate Lisbon from everything that happened last week, and Mr Cowen’s Dáil outburst [ when he said he could silence Mr Kenny if the latter did not control his backbenchers],” said a party spokesman.
This doesn’t mean that they’re not good Europeans.
“There is no margin in it for Fine Gael. We are supporting the treaty because it is the right thing to do.
They want to do the right thing, but… you know how it is… Big Brian put the screws on, and now it’s all up for grabs. They need respect, y’know, like any other party…
The stuff at the weekend was the final straw. It certainly doesn’t help to motivate anyone,” the spokesman continued.
The final straw? I doubt it very much. That’ll be in two weeks time if all is lost…