1789 And All That

Sunday Business Post | Irish Business News

Though not as bad as some polls suggested, this is, by some distance, the worst election result in Fianna Fáil’s history. At the next general election it is likely to lose its historic position as the largest party in the Dáil, relinquishing definitively a grip on power that has lasted for most of the state’s existence. A political revolution is unfolding before our eyes.

One of the features of modern capitalism, as I have often noted, is its tendency to throw up presentation of all manner of minor, trivial changes as revolution: ‘A revolutionary advance in turkey basting!’. In this case, the main plank of the revolution appears to be that lots of people who voted for right-wing Fianna Fáil are now voting for right-wing Fine Gael. Mind-blowing stuff altogether.

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2 Responses to “1789 And All That”


  1. 1 Donagh June 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Tsk, Fintan O’Toole is all over this already – calls them Fianna Gael (ho) and says ‘its implications are about as revolutionary as Ryan Tubridy replacing Pat Kenny on The Late Late Show’(ho,ho). But then he blathers on about how the sudden popularity of the left in the urban areas is a rejection of ‘populist nationalist politics and Catholic institutional control of the moral agenda’. Or it could be that the voting public in those places where unemployment is highest and future prospects lowest are keen to kick some government ass.

  2. 2 Hugh Green June 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    calls them Fianna Gael (ho)

    Yeah, what sort of moron comes up with a recherché formulation like that?


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