Retiring FG deputies can save Cowen’s budget (and their party’s blushes)
26 November, 2010
Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan Seymour Crawford has announced he will be stepping down from the Dáil at the next election. He joins party colleagues Olwyn Enright in Laois-Offaly and PJ Sheehan in Cork South West, both of whom will also step down.
So here is a possible scenario for December 7th when the Government budget is voted on: FG and Labour strenuously oppose it, and thereby avoid, at the forthcoming general election, the odium attached to such a budget. Über-gombeen men Lowry and Healy-Rae probably also vote against it. But the budget nevertheless gets approved.
How can that be, with the current voting strength of the parties?
Well the solution for everybody is simple. One or more of Crawford / Enright / Sheenan declare that stability of the country and its finances are more important than party politics, and accordingly they have decided to support the budget. There is an unholy row (a simulated one) in FG of course, and the “renegades” lose the party whip, but the budget is passed and FG sail on untainted.
So let’s get on with it.