- Oct 28, 2004
double it and maybe add a few percentage points but def double the ten you hoping for, cant see it going any lower than that despite the pollsIt's an interesting blog and the FF electoral strategy shall be interesting to witness at the next election. Its an unprecedented situation and I really hope they sink lower after the Budget. Would FF at 10% be too much to ask for just in time for Christmas?
I agree with your assertion that we should be pragmatic and realistic. what do you mean by senior ff figures? the selection of candidates will be completed democratically...by convention and that is the voice of local members...Fianna Fail ran too many candidates in the 2009 local elections and lost a number of seats as a result.
To maximise seats a party must adopt a pragmatic election strategy which is geared towards their actual election prospects.
For FF this time round, they need to slash the number of candidates they field. Single candidate strategies will be their best hope of retaining seats in some constituencies at the next election!
Examples - seats lost by Fianna Fail in the 2009 local elections.
ElectionsIreland.org: 2009 Local - Blackrock First Preference Votes
ElectionsIreland.org: 2009 Local - South West Inner City First Preference Votes
ElectionsIreland.org: 2009 Local - Limerick North First Preference Votes
ElectionsIreland.org: 2009 Local - Midleton First Preference Votes
Senior FF figures know what must be done; but do they have the ruthless streak to remove Sitting TDs and high profile councillors the from the General Election ticket?
I have my own opinion but i'll let the FF posters answer that one first.
Noel Ahern tells #newsatone theres a growing realisation in 3/4 seat constituencies that the best strategy is to run 1 FF candidate #ge11
Amusing honesty alert: Noel Ahern says he had hoped to run again; was waiting for Pat Carey to 'blink first' and not run.Didn't happen #ge11
Noel Ahern saying that FF TD's should cop on re: running two candidates in constituencies they can only return 1
Noel Ahern says there's a growing acceptance that best strategy for Fianna Fail is to run just one candidate in 3 or 4 seater constituencies