As some people may be aware, we are in the middle of a General Election here in old Ireland.
The polling was yesterday [in the middle of a storm] and the counting has been going on ever since. Counting takes a long time as a result of the PR system, where a constituency may have to go through counting the ballots many many times, with candidates being elected in the eighth or ninth count or even more.
The big news is that the two main parties, for the first time in the history of the state have not had things all their own way. Until now, Sinn Féin have been languishing in the background with only a small handful of seats. This time they can’t go wrong. Their candidates have topped the polls on most of the constituencies where they stood. Their only problem is that they didn’t enter enough candidates, otherwise they would more than likely hold a working majority.
So what does this mean?
We are either going to have a coalition or another election.
The problem is that Fianna Fáil have stated they will not go into coalition with Sinn Féin, as have Fine Gael. Equally FF and FG have no appetite to go into coalition with each other. So that means that each party will have to smooch up to all the small parties and independents in the hope of making up the numbers.
I see that some are referring to Sinn Féin’s rise as “populism”. Now in my book, surely populism means the will of the people? What’s so nasty about that? It is a word that somehow become a somewhat derogatory term, but then I suppose it’s only derogatory amongst the elite. How dare the Irish vote for something that they want!
The great news is that James Reilly, Joan “the Screecher” Burton and Shane Ross are all out. The latter had become a particularly obnoxious cunt introducing a raft of petty little laws.
We live in interesting times….
P.S. I see Waterford Whispers have nailed it once again.