Well another Irish general election has gone by without anybody in other parts of world actually paying any attention. In fact, I met my Irish friend Gary for a few pints in Stockholm tonight and he had in fact no idea that there had even been an election in the old country.
Anyway, the “Soldiers of Destiny” did very well and will continue to be in charge for the foreseeable future (yes, the biggest political party in Ireland has the Gaelic name “Fianna Fail” which translates as “The Soldiers as Destiny”). However, chuckling is not really appropriate as the second biggest party has the name “Fine Gael” which means “Tribe of the Irish”. What a fucking country…
The best news in this election was the collapse of the Progressive Democrats, the big fat liberal twats. Instead the Greens have powered into position as the 4th largest party in the country, with 5% of the national vote and 6 seats in the Dáil (the Parliament).
The Irish Greens have been quite a success story, going from 1 seat in 1989 to 6 today. And I can personally vouch for their intelligence and determination, having been part of the campaign team that got John Gormley into the Dáil in 1997. Yes, I knocked on doors and distributed leaflets, with a total budget of close to zero, but we still managed to beat the bigger, fatter, more well-funded politicos by a grand total of 27 votes by using the ancient techniques of shoe-leather, bravado and bullshit.
So, as we look forward to another 4 years with our almighty leader, the Teflon Taoiseach, let us recall the words of that grand old Irish song:
“The English came and took our land,
But then we bought it back with our Microsoft shares,
and that’s just grand.”