McDowell gets most of the early backing…

Red Rover Simon notes the early breakers for the front in the PD leadership race are mostly (though not all) backing the controversial Justice Minister, Michael McDowell. Notoriously independent of mind, is he the one who Bertie had in mind yesterday when he said, “he would expect to get a clear commitment from the new PD leader that they would complete the agreed programme for government until the next general election”. It will make for an interesting ride if he does get the job. Brown Blair, how are ya!!

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  • Mick Fealty

    oh dear… sorry Simon…

  • Don’t worry about it. Its all good

  • Setanta

    The PDs may as well start work on their obituary if they elect Mc Dowell. This story could easily just be spin from Mc Dowell’s camp though.

    They need to be softening themselves round the edges a bit and maybe showing that they have something new to offer – Mc Dowell could hardly be more divisive or polarising.

  • Crataegus

    They could milk this opportunity for all the publicity they can get, they need to as they are languishing, but if McDowellis leader I just don’t see them making the most of the opportunity. New leader fresh approach oh and its McDowell. mmmh!

  • Nathan

    McDowell is very divisive in his approach, and his Sinn Fein bashing has rarely been productive.

    While its a matter for PD members, I nevertheless hope Liz O’Donnell pulls through – mainly because she puts the empty rhetoric about pluralism into practice. For example, O’Donnell is the only high-profile republican politician who is married to someone from a Unionist background.

    In the past we had politicians married to Unionists i.e. John Redmond, but then again they don’t count as they were merely unreconstructed loyalists rather than a member of the multi-denominational republican tradition. Any precedents they set, was set for a tradition at a variance to our own.

    If we want a common basis for a United Ireland established, then we require politicians who are self-motivated by pluralism and who can lay down a series of precedents. Liz O’Donnell fits this bill, in contrast with rhetoric-maniacals such McDowell who fall well short of what is required.

  • Martin who is not Ingram

    ”we require politicians who are self-motivated by pluralism and who can lay down a series of precedents. Liz O’Donnell fits this bill,”

    I could never take Liz Carson seriously after her washing her election workers feet last G.E apart from the blasphemous connotations—it was a very very strange thing to do–I hope she didnt set a precedant by doing that

  • Glen Taisie

    Is it too late in the day for Billy Leonard to declare an interest?

  • IJP

    It is interesting:
    a) that this story has gathered so little coverage compared to ‘D’ for Derry or the DI closing; and
    b) when it has received comment, it’s been couched in Northern terms!

    Someone being ‘a Republican married to a Unionist’ will make not the slightest difference… the Republic’s politics is actually about real stuff, real issues and real policies, particularly once you move beyond the Civil War distinction!

  • Occasional Commentator

    Mick (on McDowell): Notoriously independent of mind, is he the one who Bertie had in mind yesterday when he said, “he would expect to get a clear commitment from the new PD leader that they would complete the agreed programme for government until the next general election”

    That wasn’t directed at McDowell – he would continue on as is. That was directed and O’Donnell and Parlon.