Vote For Me

You’ll guess how bad this is when I’m going to apologise in advance for it. Dan Boyle, former tweet-master general of the Green Party, has managed to coincide the launch of his album, Third Adolescence, with the 30th anniversary re-launch of the Green Party. Yeah, you read that right, his album. In deference to his chequered electoral history, he has included a track called ‘Vote For Me’ (if you really hate your ears – you can listen to a sample preview on Amazon). Amazingly, he isn’t the first …

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Michael D, the Government candidate: entitlement and #aras11.

This evening saw the latest in the seemingly endless set-piece ‘debates’ between the Presidential candidates. And it showed up the first significant flaw in the campaign of Michael D Higgins, who has, by and large, been alone in being given a free run in the media thus far. Tonight’s debate was chaired by Matt Cooper and broadcast live on Today FM (you can catch up on it by listening back to The Last Word from today on here). The clamour for US-style debates in Irish and British electoral campaigns began a few years ago but …

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#LateLate: On the need for (some) compassion for Mr Tubridy…

It’s easy enough to clatter in behind the crowd, but Sean O’Rourke made chairing a radio debate with 7 candidates sound a doddle.. Well, it isn’t… And O’Rourke is the most exceptionally focused of broadcast journalists… So, here’s the prophetic Des Bishop, on the national role of the host of the Late Late Show over most of the last forty years… Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics …

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