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Will you vote for Fianna Fail?

Yes in the next election
43 (23.9%)
Maybe at some time in the future
24 (13.3%)
No never again
52 (28.9%)
I never have
61 (33.9%)

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #705 on: October 31, 2015, 01:25:40 AM »
Some mess in Longford last night when a female candidate with no track record in politics imposed. If they thought the Fianna Fáil vote in Longford collapsed in the last election,it will disappear now . The local independent will make hay with this .Bad enough that the Fine Gael candidate is known as Bonkers Bannon we now are expected to vote for a candidate that the local Fianna Fáil party don't want and most didn't know about till this morning. Equality my arse . The best person should always get selected irrespective of colour ,creed or sex with no pandering to gender quotas

Maybe someone without a "track record in politics" is exactly who we need??

Achieving better gender balance is a good idea but quotas is a fairly blunt way of doing it. Some effort should be made to increase the diversity of experience of those entering politics, something like 25% of TDs are or were teachers  :o

What you're getting in this instance is someone who has zero profile within the county but whom the sitting FF TD doesn't view as a threat to their seat. The other two prospective candidates might well have been able to take out Bonkers, but they could equally have taken out Troy (Donie Cassidy's gofer for many years).

Although, with FG probably not running a candidate in north Westmeath and Willie Penrose continuing to do a will-he-won't-he act on standing again, Troy probably has one of the two safest seats in the constituency. It's a prime example of quota-squatting.
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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #706 on: October 31, 2015, 01:48:24 AM »
Some mess in Longford last night when a female candidate with no track record in politics imposed. If they thought the Fianna Fáil vote in Longford collapsed in the last election,it will disappear now . The local independent will make hay with this .Bad enough that the Fine Gael candidate is known as Bonkers Bannon we now are expected to vote for a candidate that the local Fianna Fáil party don't want and most didn't know about till this morning. Equality my arse . The best person should always get selected irrespective of colour ,creed or sex with no pandering to gender quotas

why the feck do you lads keep voting for the status quo so ? This political correctness has driven the country mad.

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #707 on: October 31, 2015, 09:20:56 AM »
What are we supposed to do if we leave "Europe"?
50,000 multi national jobs gone overnight as the Intel's, Googles etc etc move to a EU location, a new currency which will drop like a stone multiplying our State debts by 8 or 10, a market of 400,000,000 people becoming inaccessible to us.
But sure Sinn Pain have a cunning plan so we'll be grand.

I think we have to make a choice. Are the 50,000 jobs worth the naked exploitation of Irelands "business friendly" tax policies ? How much good could we do for Irish people if we could reclaim the taxes these companies don't pay ?
If we don't have the jobs, we don't have ANY taxes. You can't lose the jobs and then try and reclaim taxes.

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #708 on: October 31, 2015, 09:56:17 AM »
There are, of course, more extreme approaches that can be taken.

lets take an example. We have about about 3000-4500 people in Leixlip that are expert in designing and producing world class processor chips. What would happen if we simply nationalized that plant ?
This is some of the greatest nonsense posted on this board. And that's some feat.

How do we nationalise the plant? How exactly does that work? The government won't own any of the intellectual property. It's not a case of kick out the bosses and continue production. The private companies own the products. And then other companies see these attempts to "nationalise" and run a mile.

Now, I was deliberately vague on the exact number of employees at that plant. The truth is I don't know how many employees are indigenous. There are are probably a thousand (?) highly skilled foreign workers employed there. These people are basically a "globalized" workforce that can be moved around on a whim. This labour force is subsidised by the Irish government to keep the multinational in the country to keep the other 2000-3000 "natives" in lower scale employment. These elite employees are actually the ones that design/produce  the product and take these skills with them when the leave. meanwhile the natives are kept on lower wages and the illusion of a "knowledge" based economy is maintained.

I am not saying that dumping this model will be without pain. However, we need to have an honest discussion about what is good for the country. We should stop kow-towing to the corporations.
And now you're suggesting that the highly skilled workers are the foreign ones. In the totally unlikely scenario that the company was nationalised, this workforce would be "moved around on a whim". So now we have no one with the skills to make the product (even if we could).

Not only is this suggestion nonsense, it also manages to totally contradict itself in the space of a few sentences.

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #709 on: October 31, 2015, 10:04:36 AM »
I think Kursk is a graduate of the Pol Pot school of economics.
Or maybe he's only a 12 or 13 year old.
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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #710 on: October 31, 2015, 03:01:26 PM »
I think Kursk is a graduate of the Pol Pot school of economics.
Or maybe he's only a 12 or 13 year old.

Still a lot more mature than you :D

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #711 on: October 31, 2015, 03:34:54 PM »
There are, of course, more extreme approaches that can be taken.

lets take an example. We have about about 3000-4500 people in Leixlip that are expert in designing and producing world class processor chips. What would happen if we simply nationalized that plant ?
This is some of the greatest nonsense posted on this board. And that's some feat.

How do we nationalise the plant? How exactly does that work? The government won't own any of the intellectual property. It's not a case of kick out the bosses and continue production. The private companies own the products. And then other companies see these attempts to "nationalise" and run a mile.

Now, I was deliberately vague on the exact number of employees at that plant. The truth is I don't know how many employees are indigenous. There are are probably a thousand (?) highly skilled foreign workers employed there. These people are basically a "globalized" workforce that can be moved around on a whim. This labour force is subsidised by the Irish government to keep the multinational in the country to keep the other 2000-3000 "natives" in lower scale employment. These elite employees are actually the ones that design/produce  the product and take these skills with them when the leave. meanwhile the natives are kept on lower wages and the illusion of a "knowledge" based economy is maintained.

I am not saying that dumping this model will be without pain. However, we need to have an honest discussion about what is good for the country. We should stop kow-towing to the corporations.
And now you're suggesting that the highly skilled workers are the foreign ones. In the totally unlikely scenario that the company was nationalised, this workforce would be "moved around on a whim". So now we have no one with the skills to make the product (even if we could).

Not only is this suggestion nonsense, it also manages to totally contradict itself in the space of a few sentences.

Renationalization would not be without its problems , for sure, and it is much easier to do with things like raliways (e.g. corbyns ideas) and oil (see Venezuela and Iran). I picked the lexlip plant because we don't have an oil industry to speak of and people know about the lexlip plant. It's not the best example but maybe that's why it is interesting to consider it.

As for the workforce. I believe that there has been enough expertise built up over the years to sustain production. It would mean lads would have to step up of course but you have to back your own people eventually right ?

as for intellectual property .. China has risen stealing circuit designs and fabrication processes for years  ;D and now account for 20% of of worldwide fabless IC industry. Anything is possible if you just stop playing by US hegemonic rules. There is a vicious cycle whereby all the best talent in the world ends up working for US companies who then reap all the ideas of the best minds of India, asia, Europe etc. It is intellectual inequality writ large.

and can we stop the childish insults and confrontational reaction. Is it really such a controversial thing to imagine a future without US domination ? 

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #712 on: January 17, 2016, 12:11:15 AM »
Micheál Martin gave his leaders speech at the Ard Fheis. I must say I found it entertaining. In fairness to the man, he is doing a brilliant job at standing to the side and making it look like FF had little or nothing to do with our present troubles. There is no doubt that FF will gain seats in the next election. There are just to many people/families with ties to the party for it not to. And with a few new faces running without baggage they will be easier to vote for.

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #713 on: January 17, 2016, 10:36:45 AM »
Think the fact that FF were not the sole reason for the economy collapse is slowly dawning.  Alot of the FF support will drift back imo and they should get a TD elected in every constituency by and large.

This is never an election they were going to win but keep an eye out for them in the future.

GE results all depend on how much seats Labour win.

 All looking towards another GE in October.

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #714 on: January 17, 2016, 10:52:07 AM »
Think the fact that FF were not the sole reason for the economy collapse is slowly dawning.  Alot of the FF support will drift back imo and they should get a TD elected in every constituency by and large.

This is never an election they were going to win but keep an eye out for them in the future.

GE results all depend on how much seats Labour win.

 All looking towards another GE in October.

Ah, they are all the same, bar one or two! It's great for FF that in nearly 5 years all is forgotten. The culture they embraced from the times of Charlie right up to the end of the Tiger all forgotten. They were always the Major party so they were always going to walk with a bit of a swagger. I hope we are left with no other option other than a FG/FF coalition for the next Dail. 

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #715 on: January 17, 2016, 12:40:22 PM »
All looking towards another GE in October.
I recall several predictions, many on here, that the current government wouldn't last a year. Not necessarily saying it will be the same next time.

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« Reply #716 on: January 17, 2016, 07:11:20 PM »
Think the fact that FF were not the sole reason for the economy collapse is slowly dawning. 

Not the sole reason but a huge huge part of it. I can't see myself ever giving them any sort of a tick again

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« Reply #717 on: January 17, 2016, 09:05:32 PM »
Hard to vote for them while the old guard that were a pivotal part of cabinet for the crash are still there. Specifically Martin, O'Dea and O'Cuiv. Also think that the 30K topup Micheal Martin took is too much to stomach. And was't there another topup then in 2015 according to the Indo. The whole affair stinks back to the bad days era which I assumed FF were trying to get past.

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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #718 on: January 18, 2016, 04:50:23 AM »
There are, of course, more extreme approaches that can be taken.

lets take an example. We have about about 3000-4500 people in Leixlip that are expert in designing and producing world class processor chips. What would happen if we simply nationalized that plant ?
This is some of the greatest nonsense posted on this board. And that's some feat.

How do we nationalise the plant? How exactly does that work? The government won't own any of the intellectual property. It's not a case of kick out the bosses and continue production. The private companies own the products. And then other companies see these attempts to "nationalise" and run a mile.

Now, I was deliberately vague on the exact number of employees at that plant. The truth is I don't know how many employees are indigenous. There are are probably a thousand (?) highly skilled foreign workers employed there. These people are basically a "globalized" workforce that can be moved around on a whim. This labour force is subsidised by the Irish government to keep the multinational in the country to keep the other 2000-3000 "natives" in lower scale employment. These elite employees are actually the ones that design/produce  the product and take these skills with them when the leave. meanwhile the natives are kept on lower wages and the illusion of a "knowledge" based economy is maintained.

I am not saying that dumping this model will be without pain. However, we need to have an honest discussion about what is good for the country. We should stop kow-towing to the corporations.
And now you're suggesting that the highly skilled workers are the foreign ones. In the totally unlikely scenario that the company was nationalised, this workforce would be "moved around on a whim". So now we have no one with the skills to make the product (even if we could).

Not only is this suggestion nonsense, it also manages to totally contradict itself in the space of a few sentences.

Renationalization would not be without its problems , for sure, and it is much easier to do with things like raliways (e.g. corbyns ideas) and oil (see Venezuela and Iran). I picked the lexlip plant because we don't have an oil industry to speak of and people know about the lexlip plant. It's not the best example but maybe that's why it is interesting to consider it.

As for the workforce. I believe that there has been enough expertise built up over the years to sustain production. It would mean lads would have to step up of course but you have to back your own people eventually right ?

as for intellectual property .. China has risen stealing circuit designs and fabrication processes for years  ;D and now account for 20% of of worldwide fabless IC industry. Anything is possible if you just stop playing by US hegemonic rules. There is a vicious cycle whereby all the best talent in the world ends up working for US companies who then reap all the ideas of the best minds of India, asia, Europe etc. It is intellectual inequality writ large.

and can we stop the childish insults and confrontational reaction. Is it really such a controversial thing to imagine a future without US domination ?
We need a new economic system anyway. The current one has run out of growth.
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Re: Will you vote for Fianna Fail?
« Reply #719 on: January 18, 2016, 05:53:35 AM »
The FF paradox. Your auld wan adores them BUT they were responsible for 70bn in taxpayer bailouts of failed cronies.

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