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If you think that's depressing, you should try looking at my voting options last time or next time around...

To be honest I'm wary of commenting further for fear of illustrating my ignorance about the situation in Ireland these days.

All I know is I have the impression of "growing pains" rooted in economic growth and immigration. On a practical note, do you think a Labour influenced coalition can implement some useful policies to address the infrastructure and housing issues?

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed May 23rd, 2007 at 01:20:30 PM EST
It's a better option than the other options. At least that coalition wouldn't be ideologically inclined towards privatisation for privatisation's sake.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed May 23rd, 2007 at 01:28:48 PM EST
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In the second election I ever voted in, when I was about 20, I didn't even know how bad my choices were, which led to the biggest voting disaster of my life.

The Republican incumbent in my ward was just a step above Jesse Helms, which put him about two steps away from being the Antichrist.  The insiders on Capitol Hill used to call him "the honorable Representative from Phillip Morris."

Well, I certainly wanted that guy out of there.  Naive soul that I was, I assumed that the other candidate on the ballot was a Democrat.  So I voted for him.  Only to find out later that he wasn't a Democrat.  The Democratic Party, in its infinite wisdom, had ceeded my district to the GOP and wasn't even bothering to field a candidate there.

The guy I voted for was a LaRouche candidate.

Imagine my horror.

That was when I decided I needed to start paying more attention to local & regional politics.  The problem then, I discovered, is that when you're paying attention and there still are only gawdawful choices, it gets terribly, terribly depressing.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Wed May 23rd, 2007 at 01:48:25 PM EST
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I have to agree, this sounds like a pretty reasonable mix of parties and personalities.

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 23rd, 2007 at 05:07:21 PM EST
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