Is it any surprise that both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have been knocked back in the latest opinion poll?
At last, it seems to me, the Irish public is beginning to realise that there is no fundamental difference between these two 90-year-old relics of the Civil War. Finally, people are starting to understand that FF and FG are two wings on the same vulture, with the same worn-out policies and the same tired, old-man, baggy-suited, beer-bellied lack of imagination.
It’s time to let them go, and not with a fanfare. These two dinosaur parties have not served the country well as they vied with each other to gain wealth and power for their insiders, at the expense of the vulnerable, the weak and the poor.
FF and FG are not mirror images of each other. They’re not even identical twins. They’re the two red-nosed old cousins at the end of the bar — the ones you avoid as you arrive in on a freezing winter’s night. Two flat-capped old bores with BO and bad teeth.
Unfortunately, the alternative isn’t exactly sparkling. Our Labour party is bedraggled, more a centre-right party than left wing, but maybe that’s not a bad thing either.
Maybe at long last we’re beginning to realise that politics in Ireland is broken, that it doesn’t work, and that all the cynics need to be thrown out on the side of the road. For now, Labour is the only alternative available, and although I can see much to find fault with, it seems to me the only hope if we are ever going to reconstruct Irish politics.
Because Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are both utterly irrelevant. Fianna Fáil, as anyone can see, is responsible for the massive corruption that has destroyed our country’s economy, while Fine Gael is so moribund that it is unable to provide an alternative. I know personalities shouldn’t come into it, but unfortunately they do, and Enda Kenny is arguably the most uninspiring politician in history. Fine Gael would do better in the polls if it was led by a bar of soap.
These two outdated, irrelevant parties, which have no distinguishing features, need to be dismantled, and amalgamated. For that to happen, there needs to be a third party in government, and that party can only be Labour.
When the two Civil War parties have been wound up once and for all, and replaced with a proper right-wing organisation, Labour can move to the Left and Irish politics can finally grow up and start to be something done by adults, instead of the cavorting buffoons we’ve had to endure up to now.