Wednesday 23 October 2019

Eight things we learned on the election hustings

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Collins
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Collins

Niall O'Connor

Eight things we learned on the campaign trail.

1 Gerry Adams urgently requires maths lesson

The Sinn Féin leader's grasp of numbers was almost as frightening as his republican past.

During various media interviews, Mr Adams appeared to confuse even himself over Sinn Féin's tax and economic proposals.

As Joan Burton put it, he was guilty of spouting "fuzzy economics".

2 The term 'fiscal space' should be outlawed

Whichever civil servant in the Department of Finance proposed the use of the term 'fiscal space' can wave their promotion goodbye.

The term was aptly labelled the 'f word' - but only after voters were subjected to four days of arguments over the amount of money available to spend and cut taxes.

3 Alan Kelly can be kept quiet

Labour's deputy leader became somewhat of a liability for the party, particularly after likening power to a drug.

But after a series of rows and controversies, Mr Kelly soon took a back seat - instead deciding to spend more time with the Tipperary natives.

4 Fine Gael never had a plan B

If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. But at some point, you just need to stop.

Fine Gael proved it had no plan B when its key slogan 'Keep the Recovery Going' bombed on the doorstep.

5 TV debates do matter to voters

All three debates attracted huge viewing figures and exposed the good, the bad and the ugly of our political leaders.

Without doubt, the winners of the debates were the presenters, in particular Claire Byrne and Miriam O'Callaghan.

6 Labour should brush up on its pop culture

Labour's 'No Direction' ad, taken out in national newspapers, depicted five Opposition leaders as members of the famous boy band.

But the party was quickly brought down to earth by Lucinda Creighton, who pointed out that the band now has only four members following the departure of Zayn Malik.

Is it any wonder Labour has no TD under the age of 30?

7 Irish people are the most polite in the world

Incredibly, not a single candidate seemed to report receiving a negative reaction on the doorsteps.

8 Joan Burton drinks her tea black

They say black tea is good for stress levels - is it any wonder the Labour leader prefers hers without any milk?

Irish Independent

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