Sunday 24 September 2017

Water charges saga just won't go down the political plughole

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail can't agree on a way forward so an election might be on the horizon

Campaign: Paul Murphy won a seat at Sinn Fein's expense Photo: Tom Burke
Campaign: Paul Murphy won a seat at Sinn Fein's expense Photo: Tom Burke

Eoin O'Malley

Fine Gael's election campaign last year was based on the promise of good times to come.

"Keep the recovery going" assured us there would be jam tomorrow. After years of austerity, we had become used to the never-fulfilled promise from Through the Looking-Glass: "The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today." Fine Gael told us things were getting better and sometime in the future we might get back what we had.

Fine Gael's campaign was bravely anti-populist. Especially in 2016, the year populist causes such as Brexit and Trump were to win. As well as being brave, it was also stupid. When people were demanding their jam, Fine Gael was saying "not quite yet".

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