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Cormcolash

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Well Macron and co. are of course going to try and sneak other measures through that will probably affect pensions there in some way or other, but it looks like any time they try anything major like raising the age the same thing will happen, massive strike and get fucked. No doubt they will try and change amounts and points and all that shit instead.
 

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Oh Hai,
Where's that online tool that lets you pick the candidate that aligns with you on most issues?
I'm pretty sure I'll be voting Social Democrat, but just want to check out the others...
 

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The election campaign seems to be running in some distant, sealed part of the country. This isn’t necessarily from any lack of local effort by candidates. Doubtless, doors are being knocked on, hands shaken at shopping centres and poster-related ire has reached record levels in the political classes. Though difficulties mustering volunteer efforts in the dark and bitter gloom of January may explain some of the lack of boots on the ground.

Perhaps it’s a sense of disengagement from the whole process. The Irish voting system lets voters express their wildest electoral desires at No. 1, while still letting them fall back to 2nd and 3rd etc choices. It should result in a fantastically plural campaign, with every preference potentially the one that will get the last TD elected.

And yet we’ve been treated to a campaign- and this is hardly the fault of the parties- which has been presented as FG v FG, with everyone else an afterthought.

This is a a return to a model of viewing public discussion from the 1980s. Except the two big parties used to capture nearly 80% of the first preference votes and now account for hardly half. That a state of affairs that hasn’t been in place for 30 years is still considered a return to normalcy is a reflection of the mental ages of those thinking about it.

The result is a campaign where half the voters (the half not represented by the Old Firm) are ignored while the parties themselves seem to talk past them, at each other’s supporters.
 

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he is the most godawful chocolate teapot ever devised. only got the seat because the local cumann owed his da a favour.
He turns up at every event where the majority of folk there will be over 60 and has been doing so for a decade now. Between that and the standard Fianna Fail vote he's a force to be reckoned with.
 

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The guy next to Neo looks like a child who for some reason has never been outdoors before and is genuinely excited by new sensation of cold steel on his hands.


Meanwhile in pick the headline that reveals your inner biases


this could have just as easily been

"Eamon Ryan thinks investment in public transport should be made a priority "

or

'Eamon Ryan says no to more traffic jams in limerick and cork'

And tbh generally I've a high opinion of the lack of bias on that site, this was just a handy example.
 

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Recent opinion polls feel very odd. Can't really see FG voters jumping to SF.

Presumably what's happening is that FF are losing voters to SF but gaining them at a similar rate from FG.

Which might show that there's a large floating constituency and presumably FF are feeling very good about that because historically SF's opinion poll ratings don't hold up in general elections and a lot of second preference Sinn Fein votes might go back to them.
 

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those tv debates with only two parties on them are wayyy out in breach of election broadcast code.

It takes a super well worded complaint to be upheld though.
 

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The polls are sorta putting non Govt Left close to 50%. If this continues how many days you ye's reckon we are off the FFG twitterati going godwins law on the left?
 

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