Kenny? September 21, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Michael McDowell has a good column on the woes facing Fine Gael. In particular he focuses on Enda Kenny’s leadership of FG and why he might be able to convince himself, no great task this one suspects, that he should stay at the top.
One interesting reason for the latter that he points to is the poll of party members should a leadership contest be called, a poll that would leave the Taoiseach as a ‘lame-duck’ during the process.
He makes another point that has a wider resonance.
It has been suggests that the rivals would agree that the person having the greatest support in the parliamentary party would be afforded a coronation by having the weaker candidates withdraw – thus avoiding a members ‘poll. That idea is ridiculous. For a candidate significantly more popular with the grassroots members than with the Oireachtas members, such an agreement would be suicidal.
Odd that. He’s got a point, but note how the BLP doesn’t seem to cleave – or rather its parliamentary party, to this approach. But thinking about Irish politics one has to wonder at the number of times when leaders of parliamentary parties were much better loved by the broader membership than their ‘colleagues’ in Leinster House.
One other point he raises is worth reflecting on.
FG has major problems at the next election. It can’t bring on new blood. It can’t promise anything very different. It can’t claim to be indispensable. It can’t claim that FF – a party which it invited to join it in government – is unfit for government.
A lot of truth in there. They’re in power almost by accident. If they depart power one has to wonder who would much care?