George Hook: I could be the Michael Collins Fine Gael candidate in general election
As the broadcaster begins to doubt his beloved Fine Gael, he mulls over the idea of running for election himself
It is common knowledge that, since I was granted the franchise, I have faithfully cast my vote for Fine Gael. For the first time, I am having doubts, and am not sure what will happen when I enter the polling booth at the General Election. I think it was Neil Blaney, but it could have been any disgruntled politician over the last 30 years, who said, "I did not leave the party, the party left me". I am not a member of FG, but I feel like Blaney.
The big three political parties in Ireland, in their rush to get elected, are united in a give-away election campaign. No doubt the success of Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen in that regard has energised the Coalition into a belief that a Budget pandering to the people's need for freebies will guarantee success.
Recently, while taking a break from rugby-watching on TV, I considered the possibility of standing for the Dail. The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency is interesting this time around; it has been reduced from a five-seater to a four-seater. The position is further complicated because the Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett, is automatically re-elected, so that leaves three. I am considering standing as a Michael Collins FG candidate, to appeal across the party-political divide to the middle classes, who see their views and beliefs are no longer represented.