Sunday 28 May 2017

Stagnant opinion polls more proof that we need a dramatically reformed system

'The shifts in opinion are minimal. Nothing more exciting than
'The shifts in opinion are minimal. Nothing more exciting than "Fine Gael up a bit, Sinn Féin down a bit". None of them helps us to make a credible forecast of the general election result apart from the blindingly obvious: a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition will be in a position to form a government, just possibly a majority government. And we knew that all along'
James Downey

James Downey

You can pick up the latest opinion poll findings, turn them round, peer at every item, make comparisons with previous surveys, and you will still come to the same conclusion.

The shifts in opinion are minimal. Nothing more exciting than "Fine Gael up a bit, Sinn Féin down a bit". None of them helps us to make a credible forecast of the general election result apart from the blindingly obvious: a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition will be in a position to form a government, just possibly a majority government. And we knew that all along.

How can this be the case when we are wallowing (or so the Government tells us) in a marvellous economic recovery, the envy of poor old souls in countries like Germany? You can find the answer by switching on one of Vincent Browne's TV3 debates. The extent of the anger and contempt expressed by the participants is extraordinary. Besides, they are based on intimate and fluently expressed knowledge of the facts.

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