The European Election line-up in Dublin… April 24, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.
… what do people think of it? Is it, as has been put to me elsewhere, a weak line-up from most of the political parties? And at this point are any of the candidates beginning to break away from the rest of the pack? What is the general sense of things?
Obviously there’s no party line here, and it’s not my place to suggest how people would vote, other than encouraging people to vote and participate in the election as fully as possible, but for myself my bottom line is no vote for parties or individuals that espouse the socio-economic orthodoxy of austerity. That leaves a lot of leeway, but so what?
And just on the locals. I can’t claim any special knowledge, but my sense is that the sheer weight of numbers of don’t knows and Independent/Other leaning voters has to be good news for anyone who is contesting these elections. Not, and I’d always stress this, that there’s any such thing as a sure bet, but that if one is genuinely interested in political activity this is a good election to be facing into and that even if people lose they can profitably use the next five years or so to consolidate themselves in constituencies.
It’s an odd time, where political materials have been in evidence in quantity for weeks now. Theoretically we as citizens have had the potential to be engaged as rarely before – though to a lesser effect given that those holding meetings are focused on local and European elections and not national ones, and yet, the dominance of the orthodoxy sucks away life from that proposition.