I have been keeping a wary eye on this "Reboot Ireland" thing.
I am still somewhat baffled as to what it's all about.
What I have learned to date is that it has aspirations to become a political party yet has no policies, agendas or manifestos.
It doesn't even have a name.
I have seen a few names suggested [one of my favourites being "The Regressive Democrats"] and frankly the public's suggestions have been far from complimentary. Personally I would suggest they call themselves "Fine Fail" which I think would nicely sum up their destiny which will be just a rehash of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael tactics philosophies and methods, and also sums up their progress to date?
I have real concerns about this mob.
One is the sneaky tactics behind their website. Apparently [though I haven’t tried this for myself] if you opt to "Get involved" or "Become a candidate" their site automatically bangs out a tweet to the world in your name –
I would imagine a lot of people ar following the "Get involved" link just to find out more about what they're at, yet Eddie Hobbs is taking this as being "support in the thousands". I would suggest to Eddie that people who are "joining" or who are "voluteering to become a candidate" are either just curious or doing it for the laugh.
My main concern though is the damage they are going to do to Irish politics. They know damn well that the Irish are sick to the teeth of the established system and are threatening in their droves to vote for independent candidates. They also know that there is public clamour for a new system. They however are interpreting the latter as being a demand for a new party so are creating an empty shell of one in the hopes that people will vote for them in protest to the existing system. They have no need for policies or manifestos – they are just hoping to grab the grudge vote, and my fear is that they may succeed.
Question: What is the difference between Lucinda Creighton, Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin and Joan Burton?
Answer: None whatsoever.