A new member of the Axis of Evil

#2
He'll never get elected. The Irish people wouldn't be THAT stupid. Hopefully
 
#3
Well all the goodwill that Mary mcaleese built recently will go down the shitter if a terrorist gets the job, But I don't think the south would be as supportive of him as would the North, hopefully?
 
#4
Well I'm over here for the 2nd time this year, there is almost an apathetic attitude towards SF, they are getting their way day in day out. I won't be impressed but also won't be surprised if he gets it because there is no hard campaigning opposition.
 
#5
Well as a Chuckie, he a member of a disliked minority as is traditional for the Irish PM.
 
#7
Surely having ropey finances is a prerequisite for the Uachtarán na hÉireann AND the Taoiseach??
 
#8
He'll never get elected. The Irish people wouldn't be THAT stupid. Hopefully
Well…

They joined the Euro against best advice

They let themselves be railroaded into keeping voting for the EU Consitution until they gave the 'right' answer

They refused to let the UK bail them out against best advice


3 of out 3 on the stupid scale, I'm sure they can make that 4 out of 4
 

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#10
And he doesn't have to quit being Dep 1st minister, all he has to do is step aside during campaigning. The campaign should be fun it gets really nasty. The current one got a lot of grief because she was from 'The North' I just hope they aren't rude to him and say anything which will hurt his feelings.
 
#12
I think it is fairly likely that he would be successful - he has the Republican image, which appeals to most RoI people deep down on a visceral level, but has turned his back on the terrorism of PIRA (unless he's playing a very long game), thus making him look less like the crazy option for crazy extremists.
He also comes accross as a strong, confident personality, and has been a feature of Irish politics for many many years now so he's got the advantage of TV charisma - essential for the world leaders of today (Imagine FDR trying to get elected now!).
 
#13
I think it is fairly likely that he would be successful - he has the Republican image, which appeals to most RoI people deep down on a visceral level, but has turned his back on the terrorism of PIRA (unless he's playing a very long game), thus making him look less like the crazy option for crazy extremists.
He also comes accross as a strong, confident personality, and has been a feature of Irish politics for many many years now so he's got the advantage of TV charisma - essential for the world leaders of today (Imagine FDR trying to get elected now!).
Not in the same class, mind you, but wasn't Nelson Mandela a former terrorist? They can genuinely reform, but it's a matter of what they did beforehand. Yasser Arafat fell into the "Fail" category!
 
#14
Not in the same class, mind you, but wasn't Nelson Mandela a former terrorist? They can genuinely reform, but it's a matter of what they did beforehand. Yasser Arafat fell into the "Fail" category!
Since you brought Nissan MainDealer up, I can name drop - My climbing partner's dad was in the arresting party!
 
#15
I think it is fairly likely that he would be successful - he has the Republican image, which appeals to most RoI people deep down on a visceral level, but has turned his back on the terrorism of PIRA (unless he's playing a very long game), thus making him look less like the crazy option for crazy extremists.
He also comes accross as a strong, confident personality, and has been a feature of Irish politics for many many years now so he's got the advantage of TV charisma - essential for the world leaders of today (Imagine FDR trying to get elected now!).
Right........Do you know the Republic from Tom Clancy books and shite Hollywood movies?
 
#16
Well…

They joined the Euro against best advice

They let themselves be railroaded into keeping voting for the EU Consitution until they gave the 'right' answer

They refused to let the UK bail them out against best advice


3 of out 3 on the stupid scale, I'm sure they can make that 4 out of 4
We refused what now?.....WTF are you talking about?
 
#17
I think it is fairly likely that he would be successful - he has the Republican image, which appeals to most RoI people deep down on a visceral level, but has turned his back on the terrorism of PIRA (unless he's playing a very long game), thus making him look less like the crazy option for crazy extremists.
He also comes accross as a strong, confident personality, and has been a feature of Irish politics for many many years now so he's got the advantage of TV charisma - essential f
or the world leaders of today (Imagine FDR trying to get elected now!).
You are allowed an opinion of course, although I have no idea where you get the idea that 'most' of the people here have a deep rooted Republican leaning, because that's incorrect.

I live in the ROI. The Rebel County. My neighbours consider him a massive embarrassment.

It won't happen.

Note to MODS

Can you merge the threads?
 
#18
You are allowed an opinion of course, although I have no idea where you get the idea that 'most' of the people here have a deep rooted Republican leaning, because that's incorrect.

I live in the ROI. The Rebel County. My neighbours consider him a massive embarrassment.

It won't happen.

Note to MODS

Can you merge the threads?
But you being noticeably not Irish...surely my bog wog cousins in Cork try to kill you all the time?

Aren't we just savages with satellite tv now....to be sure to be sure.
 
#19
But you being noticeably not Irish...surely my bog wog cousins in Cork try to kill you all the time?

Aren't we just savages with satellite tv now....to be sure to be sure.
To be sure I'm an Englishman abroad, but your 'bog wog' cousins are actually my real cousins through marriage.

And you know how much emphasis is placed on the family over here. So I'm pretty safe.

No Remembrance Day Parades here yet though.
 
#20
I would not bet against him.
SF's "feck the banks, feck the EU" stance over the financial crisis is extremely popular.
 

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