Why does the ungrateful electorate spurn Labour? September 22, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Pat Rabbitte is still irked by the lack of gratitude from the electorate towards Labour and the manner in which said electorate has begun to drift back to Fianna Fáil. And yet, it’s odd, for Rabbitte the platform the LP stood on in 2011 seems entirely forgotten (indeed entertainingly the platform it stood on in 2007 when he was leader and calling for lower personal taxation also appears to be forgotten, ironic too given he berates FF for its mismanagement in relation to taxation matters).
For the first he writes:
The curious thing is that the LP has got the blame anyway. Labour was nowhere near government for the banking and property crash or for the surrender and bailout. Labour came to office in 2011 with FG to salvage the country and get the blame anyway.
But again, that ignores the 2011 platform and it ignores the fact that FG/LP not merely continued FF policies but, as other commentators noted, produced even less progressive budgets and measures than FF!
The curious thing is that Rabbitte appears to believe it is all about intention rather than actuality. If ones intentions are sound then all is well, whatever one does.
He also displays a weird detachment from the lives of citizens.
Many people think the LP was in government before the bust. Many people don’t care. They are primarily concerned with their own and their families welfare and there is little point chasing political ghosts of the past.
And he continues:
The result is that in 2016 the two government parties lost over 50 seats an SF and the small Left parties and an array of colourful independents from Left to Right were the beneficiaries. The result is the chaos we see around us.
Of course one could venture a counterfactual where the LP resiled from government in 2011 and became the primary opposition force? But hey, that’s not in the game plan because either one is in government or one isn’t relevant.
Though there’s one very curious exception to that rule. If it was absolutely necessary to ‘salvage’ the state right up to the end of the 31st Dáil, then why wasn’t it absolutely necessary to ‘salvage’ the state in the 32nd? It’s hardly tenable that the situation post-election was better than that prevailed before it – from his perspective, particularly in relation to the ‘chaos’. So, why then did Labour remain wedded to a government whose very policy platform went against huge tranches of its supposed election platform (and supposed social democratic policies) and then subsequently didn’t engage with government formation for the 32nd? It’s a puzzle isn’t it?