If Sinn Fein get in, everyone who doesn't have red hair and green eyes will get put in concentration camps, and the secret police, the SanS (Súile An Stáit), will patrol the streets with cudgels looking for dissidents. Gerry Adams will have a cult of personality and his role in the IRA will be ballooned whereas Martin McGuinness' role will be forgotten. There'll be murals on every wall of Adams holding an armalite firing at the Apprentice Boys. He will be proclaimed "Eternal Leader" and will be revered by everyone. Everything must be green. every song sung must be to the tune of "Amhran na bhFiann" and have at least 50% of the lyrics on pain of "re-education". Elections are outlawed, as are banks.
Enda Kenny will be shot, as will Eamon Gilmore. But Martin will be put into exile on Achill Island. Other opposition leaders will be exiled, arrested or killed. Media is censored and independent broadcasting is forbidden. State propaganda is everywhere.
Foreigners will of course be put in concentration camps.
We'll build an aircraft carrier for no discernible reason and call it the "Gerry Adams".
Peadar Toibin will become dictator of Meath.
Ireland will be renamed "The Warriors Holy Irish Republic of Saints and Scholars." And Northern Ireland is referred to in state media as "The British Bit".
We will leave the EU, the UN (citing "British banditry and imperialism" as the cause for both withdrawals) and all other international organisations. Adams will begin to ardently demand Fermanagh. When he gets Fermanagh, he will demand Tyrone. When he gets Tyrone, he will make all sorts of mad demands and then invade Britain for no reason.
So if you're in the army, expect to be relocated to sunny Belfast soon enough....preceded by an aerial bombardment.
Lol. Vote Sinn Fein!
Anyway no real political party does it for me. It'll be my first time voting in a general election this time coming so I dunno...
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Back on topic please, folks.
I hope the EU takes complete control of this country before the ignorant, lazy, self-serving electorate here have a chance to vote SF into power.
The surge in support for them merely serves as more proof, if ever needed, that the average Irish voter is an absolute idiot who votes on a basis of what will they perceive will affect them the least and how they can "stick it to" the current government the most. They truly do not deserve the right to have their opinions heard, never mind a say in who runs the country and represents us at international level.
I would rather have Merkel at the helm, referendums abandoned and German introduced as a mandatory second language here than see the fumbling, terrorist-backing cretins that SF are in power.
I wouldn't think that this spells the end of Fianna Fail at all. They've been hovering in between the mid-high teens ever since the election and at a time when they have every reason to be unpopular.
That says to me that this is their core support. That's a pretty large support base that the likes of Labour and SF can't call upon. If the poll is taken as accurate then the swing to SF would appear to have come mainly from the Labour account. The swing vote is a fickle thing though and by the time you discount the drop that will inevitably occur with the independent candidates anything is possible.
I'd agree that the FF Ard Fheis could be an important one for them. They'd really need to show something new in order to gain back some of that swing
Seems as if the future for the near term anyway is going to be 4 mid sized parties getting somewhere in the range of 15%-30% each with about 15% going to independents. So to form a government you are going to have several permutations:
1) FG + LAB
2) FG + FF
3) FG + SF
4) LAB + FF
5) LAB + SF
6) SF + FF
7) any of the above with independents
Probably the only realistic ones are FG + Lab or SF + FF
Sticking it to the government happens everywhere in the middle of election cycles. There's a reason governments don't tend to win by elections. Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama all lost the mid-terms too.
As for SF, I don't understand the doomsday scenarios foreseen by some. They are a political party and as such exist to gain, exercise and retain power. They'll act like everyone else once they get in. They are already doing this in the north.
i would not be so sure, once SF got in I'd worry how free and fair future elections would be
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.
1 Accept blame for what happened
2 Really mean it - no ifs or buts
3 Remove all those responsible for past failures
4 Set out a new vision for what they would do differently in the future
It will never happen of course.
Where do people like you get crap like that from? I hope you don't really think crap like that, if you do you have serious problems
FF don't need to do something new, they need to go back to the old ways, the local party mentality where the Cummans have a real say in policy, some people may find this odd but that is how FF work best, local issues on a national stage, we ar a nation obsessed with parish pump politics, it was when they tried to remodel the party under Bertie that it lost its way.
The introduction of 'One Menber One Vote' will go a long way in allowing the empowerment of the ordinary members. It really will be a game changer for the party, hopefully the organisational reforms will be passed at the Ard Fheis.
That poll is by behaviour and attitudes who do not have the track record of Red C or MRBI. Have a look at this blog post which analyses the performance of a previous B&A poll.
Did you read the comments that discredit this bloggers analysis as exaggerated.
In any case whichever poll you read FF is doing terribly . Michael Martin has proven to be a terribly weak leader. He was weak in cabinet and is weak in opposition.
FF deserve his leadership .