RENUA… again June 21, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Remarkable, isn’t it, the concentration on RENUA in the media? For this weekend there’s the not uninteresting, but hardly vital, story that Declan Ganley gave a loan to RENUA.
According to a source familiar with the matter, the loan was used by Renua for a media campaign that saw prominent adverts placed in the Irish Times and the Irish Independent.
Asked for comment on the matter, a spokesperson for Mr Ganley said: “There’s nothing to hide.
“Declan made it very clear on Twitter last year that he was a supporter of the party and that he wished them well. He was hugely on board with the ‘flat tax’ idea. When they came out with it, he was hugely enthused.”
Some would say that wasn’t money well spent. But to each their own.
Renua: The long, painful demise of a political party
A long and painful demise? Really? This was a party that was unleashed upon an electorate overwhelmingly indifferent to it (including that ‘flat tax’ idea) on 13th of March 2015. By my reckoning it has been in existence just over a year and three months. Long and painful? If its demise is measured from the election alone we’re talking a handful of months.
Since the general election, Renua has ceased to function as a political party in any meaningful sense.
In recent weeks, the corpse twitched a few times with the formal departure of its chief standard bearers.
But the truth is it was hardly much of a party in any meaningful sense prior to the election. It was – at best – a rather pointless splinter from FG, one which, as Leahy also notes:
As an electoral competitor, Renua flopped, conspicuously and completely.
If there is a lesson to be drawn from this history it is that there was – despite the best urgings of parts of the media, no great appetite for a right of Fine Gael party, no great space policy wise for same (unless one decided to visit the wilder shores of political thinking, which appeared to constitute in this instance a sort of attenuated right libertarianism which struck no chord with Irish citizens). Leahy sort of implies that the initial focus on abortion by its founders was a part of the problem, but given that those self-same founders paddled as fast away from the issue as they could subsequently, and that it was conspicuous by its absence in the RENUA policy platform (as well as prior to this having no electoral purchase on the electorate) one would have to wonder.
Truth is that, as noted previously, RENUA didn’t reach the parts of the Irish polity that Fine Gael (and a tranche of FF) wasn’t already well acquainted with. And that being the case – well, what was the reason for it? Indeed one could make a case that the PDs function was, as it were, to keep FF on the right and narrow – whereas FG could, to a degree be more reliably on that side of the political street from the off. Simply put there was no need of a rightward component (particularly not given the existence of a broad number of right leaning Independents).
Has anything changed? Hardly, given the polls say it has a mere 1% of support.