Saturday 24 March 2018

Past the point of maximum ridiculousness

The next leader of FG is gambling that we've had our fun and are ready to get serious again

‎Illustration by Tom Halliday
‎Illustration by Tom Halliday
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

'Maximum ridiculousness". That's where Alan Kelly reckons we've reached on the populism front in Ireland. Now let's face it. It could be more ridiculous. We haven't elected a Donald Trump. We haven't bounced ourselves into bouncing ourselves out of the EU. But what we have done, according to Kelly, is come to a place where no politician will do anything that could be perceived as being electorally damaging. And he could have a point.

And in a sense there is a worse kind of populism than electing a Donald Trump, which is at least a decision of some kind. In this country, we can't even commit to electing a government.

So we gave some votes to everyone, but not enough for anyone to form a government. Then we bitched and moaned when they couldn't form a government, and then we bitched and moaned when the government they formed wasn't really a government. And now we bitch and moan that this government that is not really a government finds itself powerless.

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