The Dáil, today. April 6, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Just watching the Dáil today what struck me wasn’t the tedium as well-rehearsed arguments were put forth yet again, or the new faces, or the efforts by some to grab screen time (one well known individual wasn’t lucky in that regard) but instead the sheer press of centre right TDs, whether FG, FF, functionally the LP and a big tranche of Independents. Indeed looking at the self-defined left, including SF, smaller parties, left independents and such like they seemed oddly marginal. In part that is because – correctly, they’ve stood aside from government formation and therefore have been at most incidental to the processes taking place. But it’s not at all clear that there was any significant shift at Election 2016 and just in terms of tone I’d worry that this may be characteristic of this Dáil from here on out.
Anyhow, momentary moroseness apart there wasn’t much to report. Joan Burton was back and in finger-wagging mode while saying she and her comrades would vote against FF, likewise no end of complaints from FGers about those on the broad left who ‘wouldn’t take part’ in government formation – yet again conveniently forgetting that those they berated were the very one’s they said they wouldn’t deal with in advance of the election.
A more wounding complaint and this from multiple sources, was the idea that FF hadn’t made any serious effort to engage with independents. Already a neat narrative is being shaped, in part by FG, but with the acquiescence of the independents, or those who had been in talks, that some have been working to form a government and some not. If I was in FF I’m not sure I’d be terribly happy at that line coming to the fore. Particularly if it’s back to the voters of the state in the next six or seven weeks. They may find that their first flush of exuberant confidence at doubling their seat numbers was misplaced and badly misinterpreted the scope for gains at a rapid second 2016 election. Perhaps the results of today’s votes for Taoiseach (for FF and FG) may have brought some reality into the situation. Perhaps not.
And all back in next week. Thursday I think.
Nice work if you can get it, I suppose.