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Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004, 09:18 am

That was an interesting weekend. We all escaped working late on friday though I had a perfect "Sod that, I have to go cast my vote, you wouldn't interfere with my constitutional right would you?" excuse. The fact that I did my voting by post in no way invalidates my reasoning. All in all though it was a disappointing set of results.

Fianna Fail - they lost a lot of seats. Whoop de fucking doo. I'd be hapier with them keeping the seats in light of who took up the slack.

Sinn Fein - they did well. Fair dues to them, after decades of killing innocent men, women and children in unannounced nailbomb attacks and all their work with a peace process that would not have been possible (or more importantly) necessary without them they've finally made their mark on legitimate irish politics. I'd say "gotten what they deserve" except that doesn't involve winning elections so much as it does burning in hell.

The PDs did nothing as usual, I begin to wonder how it's democratic that they end up in government given their support.

Fine Gael did well, which is okay I guess. At least they're more honest than Fianna Fail and they far less likely to go out of their way to serve themselves and their mates instead of the electorate.

Still, voter apathy is what you get when you ask people to choose which of the inmates gets the keys to the asylum.

Then there was the referendum on citizenship, which was passed with 80% in favour overall. In layman's terms, this means that we have put control over citizenship in the hands of the morons in the Dail. Now don't get me wrong here, I'm in favour of seeing some sane rules over citizenship, they made a fuck of it last time and this was a perfect chance to rectify the situation - which of course they failed to do. Instead we voted to remove control of citizenship (a fairly fundamental right which IMO belongs in any constitution) and let Bertie and his cronies and their track records legislate on it.

80% of this country are god damned fucking retards. I make no apologies and no exceptions for this, as far as I am concerned, anyone who voted yes on this one is a fucking idiot.

Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004 01:55 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

In the RTE exit poll 38% of the people gave there reason for voteing yes was because there were too many black people living in ireland.

Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004 02:28 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I mean voting, not voteing. That's what you get for copying and pasting from another source.

Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004 02:25 am (UTC)
bastun_ie

And not a thought for their parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family who may have spent time (or still be!) working illegally in the States...

Yep, pretty much with you on your assessment.

Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004 02:37 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Not a thought at all from the look of it.

But of course there was a story doing the rounds about how four women rushed to hospitals for C sections to get the kids out before the referendum passed. That justifies the whole thing being as how those four women are 100% representative of foreigners as a whole. Typically enough there seems to be an attitude that people supporting a NO vote WANT the nation to be flooded with immigrants, the more violent and unemployable the better (like we need to import unemployable scumbags).

Ah well, it's just another saddening fact of life to deal with. We live in an expensive country with an inept, corrupt government with a moron population with a significant, if unknown, percentage of racists [1] Also we have to deal with death and taxes.

[1] Not that they would consider themselves racists, they list their hobbies as "claiming that some of their best friends are black", "making ill informed statements" and "closing a loophole"

Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC)
bastun_ie

there was a story doing the rounds

Heard by a friend of a friend... and almost certainly apocryphal - having been in maternity hospitals twice "on business", I know damn well they won't do a c-section unless it'd already been planned or it's a real emergency.

And most of those passing on the stories know that too...

But it's so much easier to believe that the blacks are given free phones, free cars...

People are assholes.

Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004 03:07 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Oh certainly apocryphal. Just like the "huge" number of women popping into the nation to have a sprog before leaving, getting pregnant again and being a "citizenship tourist". A singularly idiotic concept if ever I heard one.

For fucks sake, these people spend everything they own to get to a better place and we claim they're just popping in to have a kid?

Mon, Jun. 14th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
unblinkered

This probably being the same women that leave buggies lying by the wayside when they can't be bothered carrying them onto the bus/squeezing them into a car, because, you know, they'll just get a new one from the welfare......

Tue, Jun. 15th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Which begs the question, why isn't there a roaring trade in second hand buggies?

Thu, Jun. 17th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
unblinkered

Indeed.......21st Century Ireland.....Land of Mystery!