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The view from the UK, from Guardian media… February 29, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

If Fianna Fáil’s refusal to die is one part of the story, another is the continuing fragmentation of the old party system. The combined first-preference vote of the two great civil war factions has fallen below 50% for the first time, with the other half of all votes splintering between Sinn Féin, which emerges stronger, a shrivelled Labour party, independents, radical leftists and other groupings. Unlike in Britain, where the slump was not as severe, and much more like in Spain and Portugal, similarly stricken peripheries of the eurozone, the latest election has not necessarily settled who governs. A rerun may be required. Irish voters have revealed what they are against, not what they are for. And Ireland’s rulers have learned that if you preside over enough suffering for long enough, the people will make you suffer in turn.


1. Aonrud ⚘ - February 29, 2016

“Irish voters have revealed what they are against, not what they are for.”

This is being driven home an awful lot in the media at the moment. RTÉ are really pushing the idea that voters “don’t know what they want”, and constantly frame the whole election in an either/or choice.

The idea that different parts of the electorate wanted different things, and consequently voted for different parties/individuals seems to be beyond them. But apparently it’s up to the electorate to assess the candidates in terms of government formation only, and not policies, and then speak as one voice somehow…

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WorldbyStorm - February 29, 2016

yeah, it’s a problematic approach. I do like the last line though.


2. Ivorthorne - February 29, 2016

Remember, FF positioned themselves as centre-left during this election. Several said they wouldn’t go into government with FG because they were right wing and FF was a centre left organisation.
Many independents positioned themselves in this way as well.

Renua positioned themselves as right wing. FG positioned themselves as centre right. One got no seats and the other got a hammering. Labour defended years of right wing policy and got hammered.

No so blind as those who refuse to see.

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