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More on that pre-election playbook: this evening the LP on SF December 29, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Talking about bleakly humorous stuff, how’s about today’s comments from various LP worthies (i.e. mostly possibly soon to be ex-TDs) about the evils of SF. A bit over the top? Ironic? Self-serving? Well indeed, but the main thing is to get that message out there, isn’t it?

This was particularly entertaining, I thought:

Mr Rabbitte ruled out any potential coalition between Labour and the party, saying that there was a deep nervousness in Labour about the running of Sinn Féin.

Though kind of cheeky of him to try this following line out:

Sinn Féin would like you to think that there has been a dramatic increase in support for a united Ireland and that [that] accounts for their increase in the polls. They have a vested interest in the maintenance of misery in Ireland.

But he wasn’t alone.

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys said…
“Not only is their moral compass off, so is [sic] their economic policies. It is not good for the State.


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin …
…said: “They have proven in Northern Ireland they are not interested in governing and they have councillors around the country who haven’t a clue what they are doing. They have no interest in people.”

Does he genuinely think that is true? One could easily disagree with any number of SF policies while believing that they are entirely sincere in the belief their approach is the best for the island. It’s not exactly a difficult concept to hold in ones head. That he pretends otherwise is telling.

And, of course, whether the public sees it quite the LP’s way is quite another thing entirely.


1. Jack Jameson - December 30, 2015

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin gets more smug and patronising by the day.


2. benmadigan - December 30, 2015

the anti-SF media barrage is relentless – just like the SNP Bad press in Scotland and look what effect that is having on SNP popularity. In Ireland it will either brainwash people or start to wash over them!! –


3. Joe - December 30, 2015

Certainly the anti-SF barrage in the Indo group papers is relentless. I presume they know that it won’t affect SF’s already-committed c20% of the vote but the aim is to put off any slippage towards SF among more middle-class voters?
But definitely it can begin to wash over people – it’s beginning to wash over hard-wired anti-SF me! It’s like the anti-Corbyn media barrage in the UK, it begins to be read as parody.


4. WorldbyStorm - December 30, 2015

Just in view of what you are all saying above, the volume is amazing from Indo in particular but also IT. It’d be great if they’d just give it a rest! Seriously. Of course it fills pages.


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