In a little over three weeks we are to have a General Election.
For those of a foreign bent, the setup here is pretty simple. There is Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael who are basically the same party only with different names. Their manifestos are almost identical and the outcome is basically down to which can promise the most outlandish claims, which can find more dirt on the other and a reliance on the stubbornness of families who wouldn’t change allegiances if their lives depended on it.
The rest of the candidates aren’t worth considering as none can beat the Big Two. Labour committed suicide by going into a coalition with one of the Big Two which is always the death knell for a party. The Greens suffered the same fate [thank God] so we will at least be spared the mud-huts and diet of nuts and grass philosophy. Sinn Féin are another also ran as they haven’t a chance of a majority and no other party will go into coalition with them.
The fighting has already reached the point where Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael [commonly referred to as FFG] are digging up as much shit on themselves. This is easy pickings as each side of the party is wallowing in tons of ordure. Fianna Fáil is of course the mob famous for back-handers and brown envelopes which dumped us squarely into a massive recession and debts of billions due to their promises to bond holders. Fine Gael s very slightly less dishonest but its record in government isn’t exactly squeaky clean – a housing/homeless crisis, a health service which deteriorates by the day and is way past its sell-by date [not to mention a two billion Euro hospital and a one million Euro printer!] and farmers bringing Dublin to a standstill over beef prices.
So the outcome is a foregone conclusion. FFG will win. Big businesses will be well looked after with tax breaks and the like. The health system will continue to rot away. The homeless will remain homeless and the rest of us will be lumbered with loads more taxes.
As for all the promises they’ll make over the coming weeks … Hah! Dream on.
A wee case of Deja Vu.