Enda is a winner, so what’s the problem?

THE last time Fianna Fáil got over 45% in an election was in the early 1980s, while even during the ‘Celtic Myth’ years it failed to get over 40%.

Is The X Factor considered less of a ratings winner in 2010 because it ‘only’ gets about 12 million viewers compared to the 20 million shows like Morecambe and Wise used to get in the early 1980s.

The days of an Irish political party getting 50% or anything like it are long gone, and those who think Fine Gael ought to be getting that level of support need to wake up.

Instead of having two-and-a-bit parties to pick from, as in the early 1980s, the public can now choose from at least realistic six political groups (FF, FG, Labour, Greens, SF and Independents).

Also, no one has quite explained how it is that on one hand people claim they won’t vote Fine Gael with Enda Kenny as leader, yet in every election he has led Fine Gael through he has led it to victory.

So, contrary to an opinion poll, the facts indicate no one is put off voting for Fine Gael by Enda Kenny.

It is no more possible to go back to a two-and-a-bit party system anymore than we will go back to having three TV channels.

I suspect anyone who thinks Richard Bruton is going to lead Fine Gael’s poll ratings to above 50%, no matter what state the country is in, are in for a rude awakening.

Getting rid of Enda Kenny is the wrong answer to the wrong question.

Desmond FitzGerald

Canary Wharf


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