Politicians have turned to music videos to help their campaign... and the results are very funny


Politicians have turned to music videos to help their campaign... and the results are very funny

Some of those standing for election this month have been dusting off the banjos and loosening the vocal chords.

An increasing number of independent candidates are running campaign songs and video blogs using social media and You Tube designed to make up for a lack of mainstream attention, party support or money.

Some even wrote their own country-style tunes – about filling potholes and saving post offices.

Tim Jackson, an independent running in Donegal, penned a toe-tapper to the lyrics of Jackson, made famous by Johnny Cash, and is bidding to “clean up” politics.

He said: “So far we have been delighted with the reaction of people on social media to our videos. We have reached tens of thousands of people around Donegal.”

He claimed politicians were over-paid and claimed too many expenses.

“They can’t understand how ordinary people live. I want to cut politician’s wages by 50% and stop giving taxpayer funds to political parties – a shocking €13m to pay for their spin doctors and party expenses.”

At the other side of the country, members of a new generation of the Healy-Rae political dynasty in rural Kerry have been penning their own campaign tunes.

Michael Healy-Rae wears a flat cap and the song, with its strong country guitar twangs, has more than a nod to rustic roots.

He brands himself a “rural man for national problems, saving shops, pubs and post offices”.

Clips feature him wielding a shotgun or walking past a village pub. He was first elected to the Dáil in 2011.

His brother Danny is also bidding for a seat. He is a councillor at Kerry County Council with a large number of first preference votes.

The lyrics of his song promise no pothole cannot be filled.

Michael Pixie O’Gorman is also standing in Kerry. His video features him on the beach with the message “Vote number 1″ scraped into the sand.

Sharon Keogan videoblogs as a Meath councillor on issues like waste processing and is pledging to get roads upgraded if elected to the Dáil.

Cork North West candidate Jerry O’Sullivan kept it country with Road Song, which outlined some of the main points in his manifesto to the sound of Bruce Springsteen.

Two of the main points included the state of rural roads and counteracting flooding to avoid future damage.

He said: “This election period is short and I apologise now that I may not have time to meet you. I believe this video tells you a little about me and my position on issues facing us all.”

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