Monday 23 April 2018

Time for our own landslide election

THE Danish parliamentary elections of 1973 are referred to as ‘The Landslide Election’, because five new parties got elected and more than half the members of the parliament were replaced.

In the Canadian federal elections of 1993, the ruling Progressive Conservative party lost more than half of its vote from 1988 and lost 149 seats, going from 151 to a mere two seats. The Netherlands parliamentary elections of 2002 are regarded as the most dramatic in Dutch history, with the three outgoing coalition partners suffering a humiliating defeat.

After the disgraceful way in which this Fianna Fail/Green Government has acted this week and over the last three years, can we hope that the Irish electorate will follow the example of Denmark, Canada and the Netherlands and consign both Fianna Fail and the Greens to history?

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