How long would an FG/Lab coalition last?

SilverSpurs

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They appear united only in their disdain for the FF/GP coalition. A cursory glance and some obvious sore thumbs stand out:
1- Public sector reforms including pay, pensions and redundancies.
2- Public service reforms including most notably the HSE.
3- Social welfare reforms including cutting and limiting welfare payments.
4- Taxation reforms including closing loopholes and general increases.
5- Concessions to the Agriculture lobby.

Previous FG/Lab coalitions have functioned due to the roar of the celtic tiger in the 90's and FG's experiment with socialism in the 80's. But now we are in economic depression and FG are more right wing than ever.

So folks how long will it last? If it gets off the ground of course.
 


TradCat

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You think the parties would split on a matter of policy or principle? That alone gives them more integrity than the current shower.
 
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Highking

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The first 2 to 3 years will be the bumpiest, but if Fine Gael's economic plans work out the coalition could reach the end of the first term, then it all depends how the economy is doing, if it has improved a bit or even stayed the same perhaps the coalition would be returned, especially if FF don't clear out the deadwood and make themselves credible
 

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They'll split because Labour will figure that they can play better with the "I'll aggree to anything if I'm in power FF" and the " c'mon gizza job" SF
 

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They appear united only in their disdain for the FF/GP coalition. A cursory glance and some obvious sore thumbs stand out:
1- Public sector reforms including pay, pensions and redundancies.
2- Public service reforms including most notably the HSE.
3- Social welfare reforms including cutting and limiting welfare payments.
4- Taxation reforms including closing loopholes and general increases.
5- Concessions to the Agriculture lobby.

Previous FG/Lab coalitions have functioned due to the roar of the celtic tiger in the 90's and FG's experiment with socialism in the 80's. But now we are in economic depression and FG are more right wing than ever.

So folks how long will it last? If it gets off the ground of course.
Well FF is as right wing as they come. Yet Fianna Failure and the Greens (both diametrically opposed on many policy issues) have lasted well over 3 years so far. Now of course FFailure has wrecked the economy. I suppose you would prefer an FFailure/Sinn Fein coalition.
 

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At this moment they are so far apart it would be madness to let them form a goverment. Hopefully this problem will be at the centre of the election campaign
 

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At this moment they are so far apart it would be madness to let them form a goverment. Hopefully this problem will be at the centre of the election campaign
So were the vegetables and FF........
 

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I'd say the full term, and releected the next term, with a very different balance of power, and much smaller majority
 

charley

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Well FF is as right wing as they come. Yet Fianna Failure and the Greens (both diametrically opposed on many policy issues) have lasted well over 3 years so far. Now of course FFailure has wrecked the economy. I suppose you would prefer an FFailure/Sinn Fein coalition.
IF FF wanted to legalise child-rape the Greens would support them. Sinn Fein for all their faults might have some backbone,
 

Warren Poynt

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Inclined to agree, a full term.

The new Coalition will need that period in Goverment to clean up the economic excrement left on the heads of the people of Ireland by FF and the GP.

Even then a full term may not be long enough to get the House of Ireland back into a clean, tidy functioning household.

Of course, by then the children of today may be unable to recall the country their parents lived in........a nation of charlatans, swindlers, conmen, fraudsters and neer-do-wells.

And this is not even mentioning the crooked Government and its bent sidekicks !!!!!

Roll on the General Election, it can't be far away now.
 

DaveMc

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All depends who is playing ‘second fiddle’ in the coalition.
If FG were the junior partner I feel they would fall at the first budget; despite their faults I couldn’t see FG supporting Labours Disneyland policies.

If Labour were the junior partner, I would give them 2 years before the government infighting gets too unbearable, or the IMF moves in.
 

Bridget558

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Who said the next goverment has to be FG/LAB? Maybe it will be a Lab/SF/pbp/green goverment
 


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