Hello. A quick glance of the papers coughs up the following:
“This was a democratic revolution at the ballot box. The message is for a
stable and strong government. The chasm opened between people and
government has to be rebuilt,” he said on RTÉ television.
We can treat the lack of quotation marks in the headline as an indicator of how much the people really believe it. The IT leader is no less enthused.
Let there be no doubt, however, that the public did engage in this general election. No one can say that our parliamentary democracy did not work. The people expressed their views at the ballot box.
And then, in the same paper, by contrast:
This is the clearest message of the election. The policy mandates are much less decisive, and there is little enough evidence in the exit poll that people voting for most parties had concrete policy objectives in mind.
So we don’t really know what policies people were voting for, but let there be no doubt that ‘our’ parliamentary democracy works. OK then. What do Fine Gael people have to say about this?
Voters may not have realised what they signed up to on Friday. Regardless of expectations, in reality the electorate signed a patient consent form — same as the disclaimer before the anaesthetist puts the patient to sleep in the operating theatre.
The people have expressed their views, we do not really know what they are, they may not even have known what they were doing, but they will be ignored anyway. Chloroform please, Dr Varadkar.
Meanwhile, here is what the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs had to say about the Irish election.
Implementation risks [to the EU-IMF plan to ‘to restore financial market confidence in the Irish economy’s banking sector and the sovereign’] also exist. The planned reforms are substantial, will take a number of years, and engage a wide range of stakeholders both public and private. An election in Ireland is now imminent and a change of government is very likely. In this context it should be noted, however, that in the preparation phase the programme partners met the leaders of the main opposition parties. Many aspects of the programme have a legislative component, and these will need the approval of the Irish parliament.
Vive la révolution!