I had forgotten there was a by-election yesterday.
The good news – Labour have been hammered and are in sixth place apparently.
The bad news – It looks like Fine Gael are in.
The good news – It looks like 62% of people didn’t even bother their arses voting. There is a message there somewhere?
The bad news – 38% of the electorate were naïve enough to vote.
The good news – Independents did well, with one party – Direct Democracy [never heard of ‘em] running well up the field.
The bad news – Nepotism is alive and well.
The good news – there isn’t even a mention of the Green Party candidate, even though there was one.
I really don’t know why they bother with these elections at all. Mandates mean nothing, as Labour have taught us, and even if the candidate does intend to carry out their mandate they will be ignored or overruled by the gubmint and Brussels. Here we have a front runner who is the daughter of Shane McEntee whose death caused the by-election. Does being someone’s daughter really qualify them?
Frankly that by-election is about as relevant as a bar-room brawl.