Monday 24 July 2017

Even FG's election vows are looking ropey now

INVASION: Some Independents make Joan Burton look like a pussy cat: Photo: David Conachy
INVASION: Some Independents make Joan Burton look like a pussy cat: Photo: David Conachy

Shane Ross

One of the great compensations for Fine Gael in the election they lost is that they will never have to keep Labour's promises. Nor will they be weeping any tears of nostalgia for Labour leader Joan Burton and her loquacious style of government. It has not taken Joan long to turn her fire on her former partners.

Joan Burton was an awkward ally at the best of times. Even Fine Gael is believed to have wriggled with pre-election rage when she promised that Labour would give €6,000 to all first-time buyers if her party was returned. The Labour leader compounded her generosity when she pledged increases in the state pension and decreed a rise in the minimum wage.

First-time buyers, the elderly and low-paid workers were wise enough to show their ingratitude by giving Labour the thumbs down. Auction politics was a loser in the February contest. Nobody believed the narrative. Fine Gael will be equally delighted that they will not have to deal with Joan's promise to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

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