Tonight Fianna Fáil will hold a vote of confidence in their leader, and the country’s Taoiseach, Brian Cowen.
Fianna Fáil are plummeting in popularity polls (I think the last one I saw was 12% popularity), probably largely influenced by the recent behaviour of Cowen himself. A couple of months ago he went on radio with an suspicious case of “congestion”. It quickly emerged that the night before he was at a party and was drinking and singing until the the wee hours of the morning. Of course, he denied it.
Then came the bailout fiasco. While Cowen and chums spent a week denying that Ireland was not looking for a bailout, photos and videos of IMF officials were appearing in the media, and other members of the Dáil as much as confirmed that the IMF were working with the Government.
And now, a book has been released stating that Cowen had a day of golf and dinner with Séan Fitzpatrick in 2008, just before the Bank Guarantee Scheme was announced. Of course, Cowen first denied they spoke about the troubles of Anglo Irish Bank, and now says he can’t recall if they did. Come on, Brian. Quit your bullshit. I suppose if you hung around with Neil Armstrong for a day you wouldn’t talk about the Moon landings, no?
Cowen is incompetent not only as a party leader but as Taoiseach. He has lied to the public over and over again. No matter what he says, you can be almost 100% sure that the exact opposite happened. He was hungover, he was meeting with the IMF, and I bet he talked about Anglo at length.
Imagine you were a Fianna Fáil party member. If you were in any way smart – which I’m sure many of their members are – you would see clearly that if the party ousted Cowen as leader, they might actually stand a chance in the next election, no matter how small that might be. You would clearly see that a complete change in leadership would be the best way forward, at least for the short-term future of the party.
But no. Over half of the 71 Fianna Fáil TDs have said they will support Cowen in the vote of confidence., meaning that he will stay on as leader. Are the party members really that thick? Surely there must be an element of common sense somewhere in Fianna Fáil. Why are they voting to support a liar, voting to destroy the party in the next election?
I have a feeling that the sick web of cronyism and vested interests in corporations are playing a bigger part in this than we realise, so much so that people are putting their potential gain ahead of the security and well-being of a party, to which they are allegedly “loyal” to.
Something is very, very amiss here.