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Sat, Nov. 12th, 2005, 01:39 pm

Having watched some of the Fine Gael national convention this afternoon, and having watched our elected representetives bumbling their way through the last few years I've come to the conclusion that irish politicians are aliens from a planet where charisma is unheard of (the concept of accepting responsibility for your failures is pretty much absent on this planet too but thats a different story). They don't give a speech, they vomit out a load of sentences before running back out of sight of the cameras. It was plain depressing to see Fine Gael's finest today, just sad.

Sat, Nov. 12th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)

Yet again I am reminded why I was so opposed to the idea of coalition with them after the next election. It's just a shame that those agreeing with me were in the minority.


Sun, Nov. 13th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)

They'd be easily manipulated - all you'd have to say to get them to vote how you wanted them would be something like "Yeah, if you vote yes, all the cool kids will like you".

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)

If only it were that simple...

Mon, Nov. 14th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)

I'm confused. So, who would you go into coalition with? I don't know who you support (Labour or Green I'm guessing), but since neither of those are likely to ever get enough to form a Government on their own, they'll need to go in with *someone*, and the last Labour/Fine Gael Government didn't do too badly. Mind you, whole bunch of different people then :)

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)

Apathy apathy apathy .....

I have to wonder if there's room for another party in Ireland. The young charismatic and good-looking party for fashionable people with morals, good ethics and a solid understanding of economics.

As someone once told me: Fianna Fail have the most capable and yet most corrupt politicians in Ireland, Fine Gael have the best meaning yet most inept politicans in Ireland.

Sun, Nov. 13th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)

Throw in "people with some expertise in the area they're minister for" and you'd be laughing. The idea that an accountant can be put in charge of roads/transport or the health department is murderously stupid.

Mon, Nov. 14th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)

Unfortunately, while that's an admirable and laudable goal, it's limited by the fact that there may not be candidates with a specific background in all the various ministerial positions for it to be possible. Plus, being a doctor or a medical scientist wouldn't make you any better at being Health Minister, since you might have less than zero idea of how to budget, or get the most bang for you buck etc etc.

Having politicians "qualified" in their ministerial areas is not a guarantee of success - that's why they have advisors, one imagines.