Thursday, November 13, 2008



The results of the latest opinion poll published in to-morrow’s (Friday) Irish Times show a disastrous slump in support for Fianna Fáil as a party and unprecedented dissatisfaction with the Government.

Fianna Fáil has sunk to 27% support, the lowest ever rating for the party since regular polling began about thirty years ago. After less than a year in office, Taoiseach, Brian ‘Biffo’ Cowen has a personal rating of only 26% the worst ever showing of a Fianna Fáil leader in office. Satisfaction with his Government is also at a new low of 18%, worse even than the despicable Buckfush regime in the USA. 76% of the people polled expressed dissatisfaction with the Government with another 6% undecided.

Fine Gael has gained the most in this poll with 34%, giving them 7points lead over FF, Labour has 14%, losing 1, but , Labour leader, Eamonn Gilmore has the highest leader rating at 38%. The Greens have slumped to 4%

Only weeks after huge protest demonstrations in Dublin shook the government to its roots, the public mood has not mollified, but hardened, as the financial crisis begins to bite and government delinquency of recent years is revealed. Beset by defections and crumbling of his coalition partners, The Greens, Cowen has shown little leadership but a front of petulant bad humour like a spoiled brat whose lollipop has been taken away. Instead of producing some clear plan for restoring the crashed economy Cowen and his ministers have continued to waste time and effort in futile conspiracies to undermine the people’s democratic rejection of the despised Lisbon Treaty in last June’s referendum. Like the Neo-Cons in Washington this Government is bankrupt of ideas and incapable of carrying out its responsibilities to the nation.

FearFeasa Mac Léinn

Áth Cliath/DUBLIN, 13 Samhain/November 2008.

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