Speaking of being relevant or redundant… March 24, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Thought I should mention that I unintentionally misquoted Michael McDowell the other day, it wasn’t relevant or redundant he said in relation to government formation but radical or redundant. That said, cynics might suggest it amounts to much the same thing. And in the dance that is currently playing out the news from RTÉ that:
A number of small groups, parties and independents have agreed to take part in round table talks organised by Fine Gael tomorrow [that would be today – Thursday].
…hardly comes as a surprise. For one tricky aspect of all this for independents is to demonstrate that they are indeed relevant. Otherwise what purpose people voting for them if they aren’t going to be in the picture for… well… something. What that something might be is tricky to determine but note the constellation of Ind/Others involved:
The Independent Alliance, as well as a group of five rural independents, the Green Party, and TDs Katherine Zappone and Maureen O’Sullivan have agreed to participate in the talks.
Independent Thomas Pringle declined the offer.
That all this is likely pointless is neither here nor there in relation to the supposed central issue. Profiles are being boosted. Fine Gael is showing its new softer gentler listening side. Fianna Fáil is on the outside (at least in terms of perceptions) and on it goes.
Still, can’t help the ‘rural independents’, can it, who seem to have jumped ahead of the Independent Alliance?