Thursday 8 December 2016

Martin listening to his own supporters, not the electorate

Published 09/04/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Arthur Carron

The impotent and narcissistic response of Micheál Martin to the participation of Fianna Fáil in government with Fine Gael is founded, he tells us, on a promise to his own supporters' to remove Fine Gael from government. Is he trying to convince the electorate that the national interest is defined by the promises Fianna Fáil makes to its own supporters'?

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His stance is unconvincing and implausible because it disregards the sovereignty of the people and their inalienable decision to populate the 32nd Dáil according to their own choice and personal preference.

The fundamental purpose of a general election is to create a government that has the capacity to govern with stability; to mitigate uncertainty and act in the public interest. It was the electorate, not a cabal of political diehards, who removed moral authority from the outgoing government through the electorate's decision not to return 46 outgoing TDs to the 32nd Dáil.

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