Government Opposition Needs a Change of Strategy

For too long the Irish opposition in the Dáil have tried to talk Fianna Fail down with words of reason and arguments against the governments excuses for governing the country.

It’s time they had a change of strategy!

Allow me to point you in direction of the National Assembly of Korea.

From today’s Korea Joongang Daily….

“The fierce battle began on Tuesday night, two days before the end of the regular legislative session. About 200 lawmakers and staffers of the Democratic, Democratic Labor and New Progressive parties entered the main lobby of the National Assembly building Tuesday evening vowing to deter the ruling Grand National Party from passing the budget bill with its parliamentary majority. Opposition members blocked entrances to the main chamber and to the meeting room of the budget committee in order to stop deliberation and voting.

After a violent scuffle, about 80 Grand National lawmakers entered the main chamber, while 50 Democratic lawmakers managed to seize the speaker’s podium. In the main lobby, the DP leadership continued their sit-in.

Politicos getting physical in the Korean National Assembly!

The rival lawmakers remained inside the main chamber overnight, and the battle resumed at 1:44 p.m. yesterday as more Grand Nationals tried to enter the main chamber to form a quorum. The main lobby descended into chaotic physical fights.

During the scuffles, lawmakers hit each other, while a female staffer of the Democratic Party fainted and was removed on a stretcher. A staffer of the GNP also fainted and was sent away for medical treatment.

By 2:20 p.m., 160 Grand Nationals managed to enter the chamber, securing a quorum. The 299-seat National Assembly currently has 298 lawmakers and it requires 149 to hold a vote.”

Here’s the front page of the International Herald Tribune’s Seoul edition

You're not getting in to make a mess of my life!

I reckon this picture typifies the situation more than any other!

Now,  back to the subject of Ireland: while the government may have a majority, I’d can’t see Lowry and Healy-Rae gettng a nosebleed over their friendship with Cowen and the likes. Another thing about this is, if you take a look at most of the party members, Fine Gael are a lot fitter looking while Cowen and, for example, Bat O’Keefe. They wouldn’t last long in a long battle without a fresh supply of bacon and cabbage. Now of course an ideal tactic would be to send a contingent of the labour party – possibly led by Joan Burton – to hold onto the Dáil bar. That way Fianna Gael would have to head out to Buswells Hotel to refuel; once out in the street the protesters would tear them apart and wouldn’t give them a second chance – unlike many of the opposition in the past few months. Of course, you’d have to keep your eyes out for Sinn Fein, because no doubt they’d be in the door, and excuse the pun, with with all guns blazing!

But instead, we just let the opposition fuck it all up, and leave us with four more months of having to put up with the clowns in power!