Some questions for FF – and what’s this about a citizen’s movement? April 13, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Speaking of ex-Ministers writing in the SBP, Michael McDowell (who, give him credit, for all that his ideology is deeply unpleasant in parts seems to still have some enthusiasm for political activity – unlike some, not looking at you Pat R!) does raise some useful points as regards the current processes around government formation. He’s excoriating about Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, noting that both parties were willing to work with the Labour Party but not each other despite being ‘closer in terms of ideology and history’. He may be wrong on the former, not so much on the latter.
He notes again that despite strenuous denials in advance of the election Enda Kenny has ‘wooed’ and ‘negotiated’ with the Independents (and had Michael Lowry vote for him too). And he asks an excellent question:
If there is another election can FF really tell voters that they still refuse to government with FG if that is the only option after that election?
And he asks too:
If that stance is not adopted by FF during the course of a second election why should it be adopted now?
And he continues by noting that a recovery for Labour is implausible and that ‘a big swing is extremely unlikely to go the way of FF if the public forms the impression that they are putting naked party interest before the public interest – and that is the impression that I, for one, am getting’.
And what’s this he says?
We might yet see a citizen’s movement run candidates in every constituency if there is a second election, in order to end the impasse and to force the two large parties to do business with each other.
Though his logic on this is a bit shaky.
With Renua gone there is a real gap in the market which could be filled far faster than FF might think by candidates poised to take FF seats since FF does not want to use them to govern.
Surely Renua is gone because there was no gap in the market?
But be that as it may, does he know something the rest of us don’t about moves to plug that supposed/non-existent gap?
And if not, aren’t others even better positioned as a sort of default of choice for FF voters inclined to drift away due to the current impasse?