A trap? April 14, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Given the political bind they find themselves in, it’s no wonder many Independents are still plugging away for constituency deals or, eh, national deals that have a local impact.
You’d almost think Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are taking pleasure in the discomfort of Independents, hoping their behaviour as they approach power will convince voters that only political parties are serious about government.
It’s almost the basis for political attack come the next election. Almost . . .
But isn’t it interesting how there appears to be a flaking away of some Independents. There’s Mattie McGrath, speeding away from the ‘rural’ TDs. Whoosh… There’s John Halligan doing likewise from the Independent Alliance… Wheesh. Though not exactly in his case. Seems like there’s a firming up of support behind him – perhaps it’s the old ‘I’m doing my best to hold him back, if I let go who knows what he’ll do’… Some of this ideological (in a way – McGrath is unlikely to want to be pinned down as a man supporting Enda Kenny, Halligan may have mutterings coming from his support base at the idea of supporting either FF or FG). But in a way what is more intriguing is how relatively solid most of the others appear.
But then they – no doubt – are all too well aware of what faces them at an early election. They have to be seen to be doing the necessary.