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    Given that there is a topic being discussed undder the heading 'would you vote for libertas' with an emphasis on european elections, I ask the question would a political party survive if the had no interest in local or national elections but whose sole reason for existence was to represent Ireland in Europe. An MEP party only ??

    In the UK it happens that MEP only party tends to be the cranks and the very party that want to leave the EU survive because of the MEP system. Here could a pratical MEP only party survive ?

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    UKIP has a smattering of elected councilors and an MP and some Lords through defections so it's not quite an MEP-only party. In fact it is the 4th biggest party in the UK in terms of candidates stood (and hence votes) in Westminster elections.

    I presume something like Denmark's June Movement (which only contests Euro elections and has a sister party in Sweden now) would be a more appropriate comparison.

    I think such a party culd survive but would have only limited support even at Euro elections.

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    Not being flippent but would anyone vote for Harney for MEP on the basis that it would retire her as Health Minister ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by aoife
    Not being flippent but would anyone vote for Harney for MEP on the basis that it would retire her as Health Minister ??
    Brilliant idea!
    Mary for Europe. Or the Park. Or EU commissioner. Or anything else....

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    Quote Originally Posted by blucey
    Quote Originally Posted by aoife
    Not being flippent but would anyone vote for Harney for MEP on the basis that it would retire her as Health Minister ??
    Brilliant idea!
    Mary for Europe. Or the Park. Or EU commissioner. Or anything else....
    ya it would be great to get a change, but in reality who would be better? seriously there is such a dearth of intellect within FF in particular that there would in all probability be somone who could be worse that her in the job!! now thats a frightening thought

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    'Send Mary to Europe'........all the lefties would vote for her. Imagine all the shinners voting for the former PD leader

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    I would do nearly anything including mary to get harney out of her job in health I think she is the worst minister of health of all time ,the damage done will take decades to fix never mind the genuine problems that health has.
    Veritas, aequitas, via Americanum

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    Theory-Great
    Reality-don't see it working

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    Quote Originally Posted by fizzycoke
    Theory-Great
    Reality-don't see it working
    The very fact it challenges conventional thinking on politics means it has a lot going for it.

    Traditional politics is not serving us very well in the year 2008.

    Such a party would not have to live in fear of the Dublin Media and the HQs of the three main parties

    who can currently come up with policies without ever having to explain why those policiies are now in use

    or how it can be claimed they represent the intrinsic values of their electorate.
    John in Cork ya boy ya

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    I think the European Parliament and party system are designed so that they dilute their convictions and become ineffective. They just become part of the EU "wave" whatever direction it might be going in. This is especially relevant for conservative, rightist groupings.

    An Euroskeptic-themed, MEP-only party would probably be ineffective in preserving the national sovereignty they wish to defend. National sovereignty is best defended at a national politics level - of course that takes a conscious, reinforced will to do so, which the likes of Fianna Fail obviously does not have.
    Marxists, Feminists and Leftists operate on the basis of "liberating tolerance" - i.e. their ideas should be tolerated, and any opposition should be suppressed.

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