Monday, 29 November 2010

Sinn Fein, The TUV and their mouthpieces

On Twitter, following the result of the by-election in Donegal, 2 tweets in particular caught my eye because they represented a real closed shop way of thinking by their respective authors.

Firstly, Jim Allister commented that "In electing Sinn Fein, Republic's voters add moral bankruptcy to economic bankruptcy." Well, that may be Jim's opinion but does he not see the irony in the leader of a party that pretty much survives on protest votes, criticising people for casting an obvious protest vote against Fianna Fail? Jim will eventually have to stop beating the drum that Sinn Fein are IRA in all but name. The only people that are interested in that line are getting older and older and more and more irrelevant. Just as those within Sinn Fein with links to terrorism are unlikely to be around in the next generation of politics, neither will the TUV be if this is the stance they continue to take.

Secondly, John O'Dowd wrote "Competition among media pundits begins to try explain away P Doherty vote 'as not actually a vote for SF but a vote against FF.' Bla bla bla." Now, the problem with this, John, is that the campaign in Donegal was based around courting disaffected FF voters. It was a protest vote, and you'd have to be entirely naive to think otherwise. There is nothing wrong with attracting voters in that way but can we stop pretending that the election was won in such emphatic style because of a sudden attraction to Sinn Fein's policies?

Do the public really want their politicians to play this game? 

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