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A message to my fellow Dubliners: I know you weren't considering it, but please, for the love of God, don't vote for the preposterously named Royston Brady in the forthcoming european elections. This is the man who, when asked about GV Wright (the TD who drove home incredibly drunk and hit a pedestrian, breaking her leg in multiple places), said he didn't want to judge Wright because "well, it's the sort of thing that could happen to anyone." No, Royston, it's the sort of thing that happens to a fuckwit who drinks too much and gets behind the wheel, risking his own life and that of everyone he passes. And if that's "anyone" to you, then you've got some pretty dodgy friends. But then, you're in Fianna Fail, so that goes without saying.

Let me just say it, clearly and in shouty all-caps: I HATE FIANNA FAIL AND EVERYTHING THEY STAND FOR. THEy'RE A BUNCH OF SMUG, PIG-IGNORANT, CORRUPT, RACIST ANTI-INTELLECTUAL MORONS WHO'VE PROBABLY READ ABOUT ONE BOOK BETWEEN THEM (and that book is probably the biography of a GAA player) AND WHO CARE ABOUT NOTHING BUT GETTING REELECTED AND HELPING OUT THEIR RICH, EQUALLY MORONIC FRIENDS.

Aaaaaaah. That felt good.

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glitzfrau
May. 14th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC)
Hoo-yah! I feel and love your righteous RAGE.

We have a whole fucking MONTH to go with that twat's face on every lamppost, though. Indeed, I can see one from my bedroom. And HOW CRAP IS THAT?
leedy
May. 14th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
I don't know which annoy me more - his posters, or the ones for his fellow FFer that say "Let's Get Goin' With Eoin". Urghhh.

Have you seen the Green Party one that gives the unfortunate initial impression that their candidate is a tomato? That said, even if it was a tomato, I'd still vote for it ahead of Royston Brady....
stellanova
May. 14th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
That said, even if it was a tomato, I'd still vote for it ahead of Royston Brady....

Hee! So would I!
glitzfrau
May. 14th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
Hee! You are, sadly, so right.

And, of course, the most fantastic irony: notice the way that some of Royston's posters say ENERGY and some say COMMITMENT and some say.... DRIVE. Yes, the man has no shame. In case you'd not noticed.
leedy
May. 14th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
some say.... DRIVE

Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

Actually, there was a really peculiar story in the paper today about two Algerian men being arrested in possession of a lot of cash and 150 defaced Royston Brady posters - did anyone else see it, or hear anything more about it? The incident was described by Mr. Brady as "sinister".
glitzfrau
May. 14th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
Yes! I just posted about it on my journal, and friended you so you can come and laugh at it too!
socmot
May. 14th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC)
Those Green Posters are awful. They communicate nothing.
The Labour ones are the best designed of them all. They look good and the portrait shots are a refreshing change from the mugshot and awful background colours...now if they were only a bit bigger....
daegaer
May. 14th, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
I had cause to journey down Tonlegee Road earlier today - mile after mile of the hideous faces of Royston and Eoin beaming down on me. (With a few Mary Lous thrown in on the random lamppost the FFers hadn't staked out). Blech.
froodie
May. 14th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
Aside from the bit about the GAA player, I'd have to agree in general. The Ógra heads in college are the scariest, because, even though some (one) of the them are pretty sound, they're all going to grow into exactly the same thing.
stephencass
May. 14th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
MORONS WHO'VE PROBABLY READ ABOUT ONE BOOK BETWEEN THEM (and that book is probably the biography of a GAA player)

Ah, shouty FF inspired rage, I know thee well :). But be carfeul not to underestimate FF, risky if you want to beat them. I've seen them up close on the campaign trail and other places -- I've even worked with them on rare occasion. They may not be a party of academics and intellectuals, but they've no problem ginning up something very quickly if it suits their purposes: witness Padraig Flynn: dispatched to Brussels, he promptly morphed himself into a well regarded Commissioner for Social Affairs. Social Affairs for Christsakes, probably having digested Progressive Social Policies For Dummies on the plane to Belgium. A lot of FF'ers are smart (certainly street smart and often plain smart) and nearly all of them are disciplined (the classic achillees heel of the left). FF'ers fight like cats and dogs behind closed doors, but then they come up with a unified front, and by God, they know how to stay on message. I don't like FF, but, may God forgive me, I learnt to respect it.
socmot
May. 14th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
In short - they're sly bastards who play dirty politics. And yes, some of them are very smart. That's why Bertie has never had a political defeat in his career. He knows how to play the game, and so do his backroom staff...although some of them have been caught out in the past.
stephencass
May. 14th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
In short - they're sly bastards who play dirty politics

Well that's a hell of lot more concisely put than my post :). I don't think the dirty politics is always a given though: it always amazed me how effective they could be at achieving their goals even when working totally above board. I once cherished the thought that once FF's uglier truths were exposed the party would collapse, unable to function without this dirty trick or that, for how else could this shower have maintained their grip on the levers of power in the face of what is a generally intelligent and well educated citizenry? Then I understood the full horror of FF: even when -- by choice or when forced by public scrunity -- they behaved themselves, they still had it sufficiently together to win a lot of the time! Arrrrgh!
protoainsley
May. 14th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
Is it wrong of me to be excited about your post because it's a better lesson in Irish politics than I can get listening to the news? Yes? Then I'll happily be wrong.

So, down with Fianna Fail! (if someone from the States is allowed to say that...)

I still have that CD to post to you.
socmot
May. 14th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC)
By the way - Royston's brother is directing election campaigns for FF and is also the senior honcho at Bertie HQ in Drumcondra. And if you thougth "Royston" was bad, his name is worse - it's "Cyprian"...and he's a Senator as well! *retches*
slovobooks
May. 14th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
Despite the fact that my mother once ran as a candidate for Fianna Fáil, I still find it difficult to disagree with what you say. Personally, I'd probably extend it to all politicians. Anyone who thinks they're qualified to decide how the rest of us should run our lives is automatically suspicious, in my book.
ex_cliched888
May. 14th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
as a former member of FF, can i just throw in my whole hearted agreement on everything you said. i joined soley to see first hand what the enemy were really like and aside from good vodka jelly at their youth conference, they're completely underhand bastards and about 100x worse then your worst fears about them. my first internal party election while a member, i was made pretend i was from louth. that was the most politically innocent thing that happened the whole time i was involved. it was so evil, it was almost fun til you realise 'hey, if this is happening at this low a level of the party, fuck knows whats going on at govermental level where it actually matters'...

interesting year, but mostly just terrifying. it's disillusioned me so much against politics i honestly don't want to vote anymore [though i know that solves nothing either]
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