Per­cep­tions of FG leader look to have dra­mat­i­cally changed

Bray People - - OPINION - with Gavin Duffy

IS ENDA Kenny to be con­grat­u­lated or com­mis­er­ated with for win­ning the Gen­eral Elec­tion? Fact is noth­ing has changed as re­gards our eco­nomic cri­sis and yet in an­other way ev­ery­thing is changed.

On Satur­day night Kenny com­mit­ted him­self to reg­u­larly com­mu­ni­cat­ing the bad as well as the good news as he and his new Gov­ern­ment battle to turn our econ­omy around.

The per­cep­tion that Enda is not a com­mu­ni­ca­tor has changed dra­mat­i­cally over the gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign. He has not sud­denly be­come a great or­a­tor but it is clear he is pre­pared to lis­ten to the peo­ple and has promised we won’t be ig­nored as we were by Brian Cowen.

We will now have a Taoiseach who un­der­stands there are two fac­tors in a mar­ket. Yes there is the fis­cal but there is also the sen­ti­ment of a mar­ket. Our do­mes­tic econ­omy is in tat­ters be­cause of fis­cal mis­man­age­ment but the prob­lem was ex­ac­er­bated by an ab­sence of com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra- tion. So much so that or­di­nary peo­ple were scared to spend be­cause they had no idea how bad things were. We have one of the high­est sav­ings per capita in the EU but peo­ple are scared to en­gage in any dis­cre­tionary spend­ing whilst there was a vac­uum of non com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

At last we have a leader who is pre­pared to talk up the coun­try and states he aims to turn things around. The Great Wall Street Crash and the re­sul­tant global de­pres­sion was only turned around when Roo­sevelt fa­mously said, “we have noth­ing to fear but fear it­self.”

Like­wise we need to draw a line un­der the past. The na­tional me­dia’s ob­ses­sion with who and how our golden years were squan­dered has to re­placed with a look to the fu­ture and an hon­est ap­praisal and de­bate around the tough choices that now have to be made.

The elec­tion re­sult has caused a seis­mic change in our po­lit­i­cal land­scape. Fine Gael un­der Enda Kenny has come from the 2002 Elec­tion “wipe­out” to be­com­ing the largest party in the coun­try, al­most twice as big as Labour and al­most four times larger than Fianna Fail. Sinn Fein is be­ing brought into the main­stream more and more. De­spite all the doom say­ers I pre­dict Fianna Fail will re­cover. They were a mas­sive move­ment and un­der Micheal Martin they will re­build and may re­turn to Gov­ern­ment in some form in five or ten years.

In the mean­time we need Fianna Fail to pro­vide strong op­po­si­tion. But the Green Party is gone. They have no TDs and I don’t see them re­build­ing them­selves. They are like Lib­er­tas and the PDs. They had their time and now it is gone.

It is an en­tirely new po­lit­i­cal land­scape with the most ex­pe­ri­enced TD in the coun­try lead­ing us all, hope­fully, onto the road to re­cov­ery.

He has not sud­denly be­come a great or­a­tor but it is clear he is pre­pared to lis­ten to the peo­ple and prom­ises we won’t be ig­nored as we were by Brian Cowen

This elec­tion re­sult has caused a seis­mic change in our po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with party col­leagues upon his ar­rival at the Royal Theatre, Castle­bar. Enda Kenny has come from the 2002 Elec­tion “wipe­out” to be­com­ing the largest party in the coun­try.

Enda Kenny at the count cen­tre in Castle­bar. The per­cep­tion that Kenny is not a com­mu­ni­ca­tor has changed dra­mat­i­cally over the gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign.

The Green Party have dis­ap­peared from the Ir­ish po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

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