Saturday 25 November 2017

'Virtual Enda' follows mob again and fails to inspire

Fine Gael's new website smacks of easy gimmickry, but also insecurity and negativity, writes Eamon Delaney

Just when we thought Fine Gael was getting impressively ready for Government, riding high in the polls despite sticking firmly to its often tough policies, along it comes with another PR gimmick, and surely the most populist and crowd pleasing of them all: creating a website where the public can give their views in easy sound bites on that rather general question, "What's wrong with the country?" As one respondent correctly put it, "If you don't know what's wrong already, then you shouldn't be in politics."

The site seems a silly idea, and one that distracts from the real job of a political party and the seriousness that FG had so recently shown with its commitment to public service reform and Michael Noonan's tough stance on the IMF bailout.

FG could have opportunistically tailored its policies of late to suit a future coalition with Labour, but instead it has been creating a position consistent with its base and reputation as prudent State corrector. It has carved out a coherent policy. So why this need to reopen its policy package and throw it open to the floor, so to speak?

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