Saturday 10 December 2016

The Floating Voter Podcast 12: No one wants to go into government - Labour’s Kevin Humphreys

Published 11/03/2016 | 14:04

No one in the Dail wants to go into government claims the former Labour TD, Kevin Humphreys, who lost his seat in the Dublin Bay South constituency in February.

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“What we’re seeing is just play-acting at the moment,” said Humphreys on this week’s Floating Voter podcast.   “We have 158 TDs and none of them really want to be in government looking at how the last two elections have gone for government parties.” 

“This is all just play-acting for the next general election but parties need to look at their manifestos and try to form a government.  Hopefully, though, we won’t have a second election,” he told the Floating Voter team of Kevin Doyle, Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan.

“Don’t forget, the clock is ticking on a lot of legislation at the moment and decisions need to be made shortly to get it done before the summer recess.  If it goes past the end of April without a government being formed then we’re in real trouble.  We’re only 28 weeks out from next budget and policy decisions will need to be made.”

One thing he was definite on was the question of power being a drug.

“No, power is not a drug,” he said, while also confirming he would be standing in the next election whenever that is.

As to who he would support to be the next leader of the Labour party, Humphreys was non-commital, saying only that he would listen to whoever stands – if it happens at all – and make a decision based on their vision for the party.

Also on the show, the Floating Voter discussed the week in which Enda Kenny tendered his resignation as Taoiseach, a new Ceann Comhairle was elected and the question still remains: will it be a FF/FG coalition or are we going to have another general election?

The Floating Voter is available every Tuesday and Friday and can be listened to on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Independent.ie

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