Originally Posted by raymon
What do you mean "show something new" ??
What could they possibly "show" to gain back some of the "swing" vote ? I am sincerely interested.
I watched Callearly's press conference today and I still don't know what he was mumbling on about. What a shockingly poor representative .
I can't see what the FFers could do or say to make up for the suffering they have caused.
I think that they need to show a break from the past and by that I mean leadership. I don't think that Micheail Martin can ever lead Fianna Fail to a decent showing because he is closely associated with all that went before and can never escape that.
That association aside, I don't believe that he's a particularly charismatic leader anyway and does nothing to further the FF profile to the good. I don't even know if the personality exists within the FF ranks but, if they could find it, then with the party structure that exists they could really move on.
In one way I'd nearly say that this has given Fianna Fail an opportunity to renew itself. If they could consign a lot of the deadwood to the back shed and take the chance to promote new blood with no baggage then they could go far. I believe they have the time to rebuild. They'd be mad to think of seriously contesting the next election and in my opinion would be far better to work the local ground first. This term of government will always be the clean-up term as far as the voter is concerned. After the next election however FG, and whoever their partners will be, will find themselves more answerable to their own policies.
Now having said that I don't believe for a second that FF will take this chance to regenerate. Party loyalty in Ireland is next to family and all parties here have a habit of sticking with their leaders until the writing is on the wall. But if they did I see no reason why the average voter in Ireland wouldn't a first preference vote in 5 years time. That's the nature of the swing from what I can see