Anger may win elections but it’s useless in effecting change without policy…

Over a week old, but still some of the best advice Enda Kenny will get anywhere in the public domain. The tailend of Tom Kelly’s column from the Irish News:

Watching events unfold in Greece and the mass demonstrations of the far left in Madrid, nerves are becoming tetchy in Merrion Street. The Taoiseach is looking less Teflon like every day. He has always been the accidental Taoiseach albeit a lucky one but the forthcoming election will take more than luck. Sinn Fein has done a tremendous PR job channelling Irish public anger onto the streets.

Yet anger is not a policy – it’s just a calculated but successful electoral tactic. Word has it that Fine Gael strategists are tempted by an early election. That would be an unwise move. Politics is best when it is played like chess subtly, slowly and then devastatingly decisively.

Fine Gael and indeed Fianna Fail would be better watching the performance of Mr Tsipras before rushing to the polls, remembering whatever the outcome Deputy Adams is no Tsipras.

Irish Labour’s evaporating poll ratings come, in hefty measure, on foot of unpreparedness for government, whilst in opposition…

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  • Zig70

    The line is that there was no alternative to the bank guarantee, anything else is not a policy. Making tax payers liable for a private companies debt was just immoral. The bond holders should have been toasted and the whole union collectively funded the recovery rather than picking on small countries. Yes Greece should sort out its economy but asking it to make that change and pay back bad bank debts at the same time, especially when you see the suffering it causes to the poorest in society is evil. Now that the crisis is over, the bluff has been seen, a policy that you won’t make tax payers liable for private bank debt is a perfectly reasonable policy.

  • chrisjones2

    The problem with Greece is that the whole state is fiscally rotten to the core. It falsified its accounts and should never have been in the Euro. In that context all you do is to licence countries like Greece to rob the rest of Europe

  • sean treacy

    Some guy on twitter just called Mick ” a lying c### ” I’m shocked, totally shocked I tell you!

  • mickfealty

    And on the topic Sean?

  • Zeno

    “Watching events unfold in Greece and the mass demonstrations of the far left in Madrid, nerves are becoming tetchy in Merrion Street.”

    The only thing that happened in Greece is they elected a party that can’t deliver on their election promises. It may serve as a lesson.

  • sean treacy

    Surely even you can see the funny side Mick.And on topic sf UP 5 POINTS tonight to 26%and top spot and Gerry up to joint most popular leader!

  • mickfealty

    You really don’t like keeping on topic, do you Sean? There should be a polling post out tomorrow, you have your #LoveSF march right through the middle of the Slugger Capital then…

    [And if any one tries to stop you they will get a good, hard, Sean O’Brien style takedown from me.]

  • Zig70

    Greek economic fails should be tackled as part of European membership, I didn’t suggest that it shouldn’t. I took issue with the premise that making banks liable for bad bank loans is not a policy because some banker in Brussels says it would hurt the euro too much in some unquantifiable doomsday senario. Adding this burden to the Greek poor on top of rectifying the government failing is just cruel. Depending on your economic viewpoint, the eu should have invested in Greece to rebalance the economy especially as their over exuberance to grow the eu family is part of the story that got them here.