Saturday, June 02, 2007

The Green Party and coalition

Well this is telling it like it is:
Let's be clear. A deal with Fianna Fáil would be a deal with the devil. We would be spat out after 5 years, and decimated as a Party. But, ... would it be worth it? Power is a many faceted thing.
so said Ciaran Cuffe, newly re-elected, on his blog. (Hat-tip Slugger). The question is - is Bertie using the Greens to panic Labour into making him an offer, and if so by even considering coalition with FF could they suffer the same effects as if they had done so anyway?

Meanwhile, the same post spreads rumour about John Deasy's possible defection to the depleted PD ranks. One would ordinarily be concerned about his electoral prospects given running under one flag only to take up another while the ink is drying on the election results. However Deasy's surname probably brought him more votes than his Party, as so often in Ireland and probably the reason FG didn't just dump him even after threatening Enda Kenny with a leadership challenge. I suspect that any defection will be with a view to being party leader. If this is true, it's always fascinating to see the unusual sight of a rat joining a sinking ship.
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