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    Default How should Fianna Fáil position themselves on the abortion issue?

    Fianna Fáil have a political decision to make, one which I think will end up shaping their message and target vote in the next general election.

    Do they firmly oppose abortion legislation in an attempt to draw some social conservative support?
    Do they try to stay out of the fray and avoid the debate as best they can?
    Or do they try and prevent Labour and Sinn Féin from taking moderate/liberal support?

    I like to think through longer term strategy, but this is a tough one. What strategy do you think they should follow?

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    It should be a vote of conscience for everyone of every party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesiac View Post
    Fianna Fáil have a political decision to make, one which I think will end up shaping their message and target vote in the next general election.

    Do they firmly oppose abortion legislation in an attempt to draw some social conservative support?
    Do they try to stay out of the fray and avoid the debate as best they can?
    Or do they try and prevent Labour and Sinn Féin from taking moderate/liberal support?

    I like to think through longer term strategy, but this is a tough one. What strategy do you think they should follow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
    It should be a vote of conscience for everyone of every party.

    Agreed. Parties should no be playing politics with this issue.
    Thank you for the six thousand likes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith-M View Post
    Agreed. Parties should no be playing politics with this issue.
    Politics is a nasty business. This issue will be used for political ends. Look at Sinn Féin's reprimand of Peadar Tóibín. They have a position, and no deputy may step out of line.

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    Are you seriously suggesting that a position on abortion would be merely a 'strategy' towards winning an election?

    I am sure nothing would be beneath the FF party to be 'used' towards political gain, but I would have thought they might at least pretend not to be so conceited.

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    Well 'the republican party' are certainly 'dancing at the crossroads' these days.
    If history is anything to go by , they'll make a wrong turn , no doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
    It should be a vote of conscience for everyone of every party.
    Voting to legislate for our constitution, as voted for by the people, should be a matter of conscience? Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoutingIsLeadership View Post
    Voting to legislate for our constitution, as voted for by the people, should be a matter of conscience? Why?
    Because otherwise you have people being forced to vote for things, either way, which might be an abomination to them, or punished for refusing to do so. And why would a party whip system be a more 'democratic' method? Would you support it if the parties all whipped against changing the status quo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil Eire View Post
    Are you seriously suggesting that a position on abortion would be merely a 'strategy' towards winning an election?
    I am absolutely suggesting that.

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