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No-confidence vote is crass populism from Sinn Féin


Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald

The no-confidence motion being mooted by Sinn Féin in the Dáil this week is somewhat opportunistic and populist.

In a time of international upheaval and a cost-of-living crisis, the fact some opposition TDs want to pull the whole edifice down in order to gain popularity among their voters is very disingenuous.

For Sinn Féin – the main party in oppos- ition – to be promoting this no-confidence vote is nothing more than sleight of hand, given its abstentionism in the UK parliament during the crucial Brexit period and its absence in Stormont when it was needed most.

It screamed “foul” from the sidelines while others did – and still do – the heavy lifting.

While its mantra is for more money and increases in social welfare payments to offset the cost-of-living crisis, if allowed into government it would, as all parties do when in power, adopt a fiscal approach governed not by its ideology but that of the strict guidelines and policies set down by the EU and IMF.

While we deal with international instability, homelessness, increased immigration and an economic crisis outside of our control, a no-confidence motion by the Shinners is nothing but populism at its basest.

No amount of rhetoric or poll-gaining can offset the lack of fiscal know-how from a party willing to empty our tills in order to gain popularity and be in government.

Christy Galligan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Truss will tick the box for many narrow-minded Tories

What chance has a non-white Anglo Saxon of being elected party leader and prime minister of the UK? Very little, I believe.

Between 180,000 and 200,000 Tory members are entitled to vote on two selected candidates. The composition of these members is about 92pc white, of whom 68pc are male. Of these males, most are over 55 and 44pc are over 66.

A large majority of these members voted for Boris Johnson as leader in 2019.

Are these people likely to forgive non-Anglo Saxon candidates who resigned from government and began the exodus of 59 cabinet and lesser government ministers and secretaries?

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It is believed a considerable number of new members have joined the party in the past three years because of admiration for Boris. Will they be happy with the perpetrators of his demise? Surveys show a considerable majority of Tory party members are right-wing, pro Brexit and read The Daily Telegraph, The Times and Daily Mail. My money is already on Liz Truss.

John G O’Connor, Dublin 6

Johnson named and shamed over economies with the truth

Fundamentally, politics is less about policy and more about communicating. The messaging generally supersedes the message.

This week, we have seen how this has played out in the UK. Churchill was far from flawless, be it India, Ireland or Gallipoli. However, history remembers “Winston the lion”.

Only time will tell if history will remember “Boris the lying”.

Gerard Walsh, Ontario, Canada

Letting the cat out of the bag over standard of contenders

Having the luxury of looking on from a distance, my favourite comment on those who are putting their names forward for leadership of the Tory party is that “Mrs Thatcher wouldn’t let any of these people carry her handbag”.

Brendan Casserly, Bishopstown, Cork

Quality of sports writing leaves readers converted

What can I say about the sports reports (Irish Independent, July 11), specifically on Kerry v Dublin? Brilliant. First-class writing. I read and re-read Eamonn Sweeney’s wonderful article on the final free by Kerry.

The drama and tension were captured with such quality writing.

And what about Vincent Hogan’s article? Check this: “At least this game escaped the modern vandalism of militaristic, risk-averse zealotry.”

My view exactly. I wish I had Vincent’s mastery of words.

If only other sports journalists called out the negative ‘tactics’ used by many teams, we would have more games of the quality of Kerry v Dublin.

I must admit I am not usually an Indo reader. My recent forays into the Irish Independent and Herald will change all that.

Thanks for brightening up my Monday.

Michael Enright, Swords, Co Dublin

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