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Thread: What ever happened to Fine Gael's no pairing idea?

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    Default What ever happened to Fine Gael's no pairing idea?

    Have they quietly dropped it?
    The stakes are raised, a lot of people would prefer an election, and not just on the opposition side of the house.

    FG could still be on to a winner with this, if they pitch it right.
    No more pairing for Bertie Ahern, ever.
    No more pairing for Jim McDaid, ever.

    Maybe some of you could add to this list? Regular absentees?

    Ok let important ministerial meetings go ahead.
    Let seriously ill people be paired.
    But FF have to plead the case for these, person by person, division by division.
    The way things are going, this action would hasten an election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuizMaster View Post
    Have they quietly dropped it?
    The stakes are raised, a lot of people would prefer an election, and not just on the opposition side of the house.

    FG could still be on to a winner with this, if they pitch it right.
    No more pairing for Bertie Ahern, ever.
    No more pairing for Jim McDaid, ever.

    Maybe some of you could add to this list? Regular absentees?

    Ok let important ministerial meetings go ahead.
    Let seriously ill people be paired.
    But FF have to plead the case for these, person by person, division by division.
    The way things are going, this action would hasten an election.
    Sounds very reasonable.

    They'll have to be a lot more careful how they present it this time out.

    They got hammered when this thing was first mooted.

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    They did get hammered even though they held the best hand of cards around the table.
    I hear they have a new communications team.

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    They should only pair backbenchers where they are representing the government legitimately or are genuinely ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuizMaster View Post
    I hear they have a new communications team.
    I hpoe it's better than the last one, for their sake.

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    Kenny was right from the start, Quinn undermined him and the anti Enda Press did the rest. We have seen over the weekend that the Greens have brought more instability to our country,Cowen will have to try and straighten things today if he is able. They are able to governor not.

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    I suspect that FG have copped on that this policy could provoke an early election that would leave them, as possibly a Junior party to Labour in government, being the one's instead of FF to deliver about €10billion of bad news in the next two budgets.

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    No as far as I'm aware there has been no change of strategy. There just hasn't been any controversy about it and so sadly no media attention.
    "Give us the future, we've had enough of YOUR past, Give us back our country, to live in, to grow in and to love..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by turdsl View Post
    Kenny was right from the start, Quinn undermined him and the anti Enda Press did the rest. We have seen over the weekend that the Greens have brought more instability to our country,Cowen will have to try and straighten things today if he is able. They are able to governor not.
    I think Kenny would have been far better off thinking out the strategy and how to present it before he went off on it. Consulting Gilmore/Quinn beforehand would have been a good way of preventing being knifed by either of them.

    I'm getting sick of this anti Enda press stuff. There is no conspiracy. The problem is (at least mostly) bad presentation. For FG at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    I suspect that FG have copped on that this policy could provoke an early election that would leave them, as possibly a Junior party to Labour in government, being the one's instead of FF to deliver about 10billion of bad news in the next two budgets.
    It's only going to get worse.
    Labour need to organise and get quality candidates.
    To go now would catch them on the hop. There would be a "Gilmore gale" ok but only a category 3.
    Right now, I'd say FG would still be the largest party in TDs, even if Labour got a bigger share of the vote.

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