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  1. Comment on Cartoon – Selective abstentionism
    on 24 April 2014 at 2:10 pm

    …the right to sit as non-voting/speaking observers in Dáil Éireann…

    What would be the point in that? If they can’t speak or vote there’s absolutely no point in them being there.

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  2. Comment on “Lesson One. Never, ever, agree to take over from a legend. Someone is bound to end up disappointed.”
    on 23 April 2014 at 11:51 am

    Reminds me of the “you dont want to be the favourites” crap. Tell that to the Faroe Islands.

    A close relative of ‘Sometimes, it’s easier playing with ten men’. As for Moyes I don’t think it’s the failure to win anything that led to his downfall. I think most people were resigned to a fallow period. It was the utterly witless, clod-hopping surrender that marked games with City, Liverpool and, for God’s sake Olympiakos.

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  3. Comment on If you want change, this is not the election to boycott: a response to Alex Kane
    on 21 April 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I enjoy reading Alex Kane’s articles. He can turn a phrase very nicely and most of his pieces have one or two memorable lines. But I’m left confused by his commentary on the Unionist parties. On one hand, he berates the DUP for their rigidity and control-freakery, scorns the UUP for cuddling up to them and on the other he holds out no hope for N121 or any other incarnation of moderate Unionism. When he says that Unionism needs vision and leadership we can only conclude that it’s not coming from any of the above. So what, then? Another party? And if so, what would that look like? For all his pronouncements on the strong position of post GFA unionism, his articles have an increasingly despairing ring to them.

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  4. Comment on Polls: Ireland’s two party system dead as four blocks slip into their electoral trenches
    on 20 April 2014 at 11:58 am

    Rightly or wrongly, a recent ‘not guilty on all counts’ verdict will also have an impact. Of course the legal system is independent, and of course the jury had to work with what was put before them, but the episode feeds in to a feeling that the system is rotten and the Government parties will feel the sting of it.

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  5. Comment on Ipsos- MRBI Poll: Fine Gael and Fianna Fail leveling out…
    on 4 April 2014 at 10:14 am

    I suppose we should expect some FF revival if only because they are the ones landing most of the punches on Shatter. The Garda controversy isn’t just one of these procedural ‘who knew what when’ scandals – people are really angry about it and I think that there really is political capital to be made here. The great irony being that such a situation should unfold under the watch of Fine Gael, who pride themselves as custodians of law and order.

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  6. Comment on #LE14: Rising tide of populism likely to damage Fine Gael and reward Sinn Fein…
    on 2 April 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Interesting article, although I can’t help but feel that people are writing off the Labour Party a little too easily. It’s worth remembering that they’ve been this low before, actually getting about 6.5% of the vote in the 1987 general election.
    They were slugging it out with the Workers Party then and it might be tempting to compare that to their current duel with Sinn Féin. But it’s different and SF are a more formidable rival, with a wider base than the WP. The WP never took root outside of the big towns and cities, whereas SF is doing well in the border counties and in the population centres.
    Still, the Labour Party has some consolations. Firstly it is the official political expression of the Irish Labour movement (deserved or not). Jack O’Connor of SIPTU said in an interview recently that SF are for him basically a nationalist movement with some leftist trappings. So it looks as if the unions will stick to Labour no matter what. For that reason alone comparisons with the Greens don’t hold up – Labour is an institution, not a collection of like-minded activists.
    It’s second saving grace it its ability to win reasonable numbers of seats even on a low vote. I’m wary of those seat-loss projections based on opinion polls – Labour is always harder to nail down. And if the numbers fall right, my guess is that both FF and FG would sooner do a deal with Labour than with SF.

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  7. Comment on Sinn Fein rise 5% in Red C sets them up for a surge in southern Local Elections…
    on 31 March 2014 at 11:39 am

    Brian makes a good point about the nature of the forthcoming elections. People might be more likely to give SF a vote in European and local elections which, rightly or wrongly, are seen as less high-stakes than a General Election. Remains to be seen if that would carry into a General Election but I suppose (1) an increase in council representation would give SF some good Dáil candidates and (2) improve their local networks. And if you vote for a party once.,..

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  8. Comment on Fianna Fail sets 2019 as a target date for running in NI elections
    on 23 March 2014 at 12:52 pm

    “Expect many political shocks over the coming months, particularly big one coming within the next two weeks.”

    Oh, do tell.

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  9. Comment on Fianna Fail sets 2019 as a target date for running in NI elections
    on 22 March 2014 at 9:52 am

    The puzzling thing is what FF think they have to gain from it. I’ve heard people say that they want to challenge SF’s boast of being the only major all-Ireland party (sorry, Greens). But I’m not sure that’s worth many votes in the real world. Another explanation often advanced is that since SF are taking the fight to them south of the border, FF are obliged to fight back in the North. By that analysis, this is as much about Southern politics than Northern, but, again, I’m not convinced that the argument holds up. If the SF vote was dented in the North would it take away from their support in the South? I can’t see that it would.

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  10. Comment on Fianna Fail sets 2019 as a target date for running in NI elections
    on 22 March 2014 at 9:28 am

    Frankly, I’ll believe it when I see it. Motions get passed about all sorts of things at party conferences and the leaderships don’t seem to think of them as binding. This saga has been going on since 2007.

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