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    Default WWLD? - What would Labour do?

    So in light of the recent poll figures, with more to come, on his blog John McGuirk asks an interesting question:

    Quote Originally Posted by McGuirk
    What would happen if, after an election, Labour got more seats than Fianna Fáil, but fewer than Fine Gael?
    Would Labour choose Government, or realignment? : John McGuirk
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    I would love to see such a thing happen CM, but the reality I suppose is, and I don't know, not ever having been a politician but working with them, is that it is their goal in life to gain power in Government. Gagging for it in fact.

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    If you're not in power, you don't get to implement your policies.

    I'm pretty sure that even John McGuirk knows that.

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    God yes!
    Labour and FF in power together.
    Total ruination of the country within 2 years and neither back in power for a generation.

    Bring it on!

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    Snort. As if Fianna Fáil would ever be the third party. Ha.
    Spotty. A pimple on the arse of politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spotty View Post
    Snort. As if Fianna Fáil would ever be the third party. Ha.
    oh spotty i do hope that fianna fail face the same faith of there former coalition partners the pd's. enjoy what little time ye have left in government. we all know it will be a labour fine gael government, now more likely a labour led government. ye will be gone for years and will never ever get 41 percent of the vote ever again ye will be the 3rd party now, jealous much hahaha ???
    "Ich bin ein Berliner- I am a jelly donut-JFK"

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    God, this is a window into what'll happen when the government collapses! FF have to go, even for their own sake, and I'm not voting for Enda and Michael Noonan (Lord Save Us, Michael Noonan - all he remind me of are laxatives and Ireland's Own). If we want change we're going to have to give Labour as many votes as possible - at least they're open to looking to systematic reform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondex View Post
    God, this is a window into what'll happen when the government collapses! FF have to go, even for their own sake, and I'm not voting for Enda and Michael Noonan (Lord Save Us, Michael Noonan - all he remind me of are laxatives and Ireland's Own). If we want change we're going to have to give Labour as many votes as possible - at least they're open to looking to systematic reform.

    Examples please? This is not an Irish version of new labour, it is old labour with a leavening of pre Berlin wall socialism.

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    Even with the opinion polls in their favour it will be very hard to see Labour exceeding FG in the numbber of seats gained. They have an awful lot of ground to make up and winning seats in constituencies where they have no teams on the ground will be hard. Don't understimate the power of the parish pump vote. The FF T.D.s will fight like dogs especially in the country constituencies for every last vote. While people want to punish FF they are as likely to do so by transferring to FG or the new baby faced FF candidate than go to a Labour canddidate that is new to the scene

    On previous form it is hard to see Labour walking away from power even if they had to negotitate with FF

    We would have the old " we must listen to what the elctorate are saying line"

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    If Labour refused to go in with FG, FF would also refuse. We would basically have a hung parliament and stalemate so a new election would be called. At that election Labour would be seen as the reason for the election and punished for not co-operating. They would lose loads of their new seats to FG.
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