Michael McDowell and the current dispensation. For him, what’s not to like? Apparently quite a lot! February 28, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.
Michael McDowell is at it yet again. Mutterings about a new party that would in some way occupy the space the PDs did in their day.
And what’s most notable are his thoughts that:
…he claimed the current Coalition would not survive into a second term and predicted a new party would soon emerge to fill the political vacuum.
His prognostications go like this:
He said it was “improbable” the present political alignment would survive the next election. “Fine Gael and Labour will not have the appetite for another five years of working together. They’ll have sustained a hell of a lot of damage, especially Labour. Anyone who thinks we’re in default mode and things will just rumble on is getting it seriously wrong. There will be something new, something very different.”
What vacuum would that be then? Presumably one on the right. And yet we have a government that is privatising €3bn of state assets. One that is using noticeably strident rhetoric against those on welfare despite levels of unemployment of 14 per cent. One that is slashing public expenditure by billions in successive budgets.
Programmes that the PDs, even in their wildest days, never dared to put before the Irish people.
But logically if FG/LP are implementing these policies then what will remain to be done at the end of the five year period to fill the ‘vacuum’? And logically too given that he points to the LP being more damaged, that would presumably be because of a perception it had shifted rightwards. Why does he think that former LP voters would go right rather than left, and why does he think that already right of centre voters voting FG would go to a new party rather than sticking with what may by then be arguably the most efficient implementer of right of centre policies in the history of the state?
All very odd really.
And perhaps it is this that accounts for the rather insipid criticisms he does air.
Mr McDowell, who returned to the Law Library after losing his seat in 2007, launched a scathing attack on interest groups who “beat their own drums from public funds” and also criticised the Government’s plans to regulate the legal profession.
My God! Regulation of solicitors and funding for the INOU and the NWC. Those are the real problems in this society, aren’t they?