Perceptions of FG leader look to have dramatically changed
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.