Interesting poll in the Sunday Independent. It seems that Fianna Fail are once again the biggest party in the state, and if an election was called tomorrow, they would be in a position to go into coalition with their natural, fellow "republican" bedfellows, Sinn Fein.
The article did state they might also favour a reprise of their past coaltion with Labour, which did untold damage to that party after it bed-hopped from Fine Gael's embrace to snuggle up with the Soldiers of Destiny.
So, the biggest party in the country again, only a few short years after bankrupting it.
They're a funny lot, the Irish - they'll bang on about The Brits and the supposed 800 years but they'll run out and vote for the very shysters that gave Cromwell a run for his money in the amount of damage they did to dear old Erin... just yesterday, in relative terms.
And who they hell can you vote for here anyway? Fine Gael have shown they are no different when it comes to local backyard politics. James O'Reilly and the primary health centres in his own constuency being one example and Enda Kenny's Mayo being the the beneficary of disproportionate amounts lottery money. Not to mention his conservatism on abortion rights and all this empty promises, from ending compulsory Gaeilge to abolishing the senate.
So who do you vote for if you are not a Cyclops nationalist or a public servant? The former are well catered for by FF and SF. The latter by FF, SF, FG, Labour, the ULA and the Socialist Party.
Labour in particular, would run the country into the ground to preserve FF's original Croke Park deal which the fine Irish proletarians who make up the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors are threatening to down tools over, if it is touched. Marx would be very confused, indeed.
There really is little to chose between the Irish parties in many respects, when it comes down to it. Apart from the fact that one of them did single-handedly bankrupt the country... so by rights Fianna Fail should not even exist any more.
But Paddy and Mary will forgive them that little indiscretion once the other lot have been in power for a term.
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