What other factors influence your preferences?

locke

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I think most of us have party preferences or see some candidates have done a good job at council level. Many have a tendency to go for a candidate that is more local to where they live.

But do any of you have another factor that you use to distinguish between candidates?

For me, I look at the profession that is down against them and there are a few I don't like to see
- Public Representative - I'll give a pass to TDs and Senators, but councilor is not a job. If you are a councilor and you say this, you are saying career politician.
- Community Worker - What does this even mean? I'm so dedicated to progression in politics that I opt out of the labour market?
- Business(wo)man/Auctioneer/Publican - Vested interest groups

And then there are a few that I see positively
- Any form of private sector PAYE worker - One of the biggest groups in the country, but underrepresented in politics
- Doctor/Nurse/Paramedic - I'm a bit more wary of this one as I remember Varadkar and Reilly, but some specialist knowledge in what is our greatest challenge doesn't go amiss.
 


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  1. Financial competence - at the end of the day the main job of government is collecting taxes to fund public services, politicians should have a good grasp of the basics and a commitment to prudent housekeeping;
  2. Social solidarity - Margaret Thatcher was wrong, there is such a thing as society, and we have a duty to put in place a social welfare system that protects the weak, the vulnerable and the unlucky;
  3. Personal freedom - citizens should be free to be who they want to be and do what they want to do unless it adversely and demonstrably affects others.
 

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I would love to see "NONE OF THE ABOVE" as a preference that would be counted and reported about in the media.

Then change might come about.
 

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I generally look at the tax plans for all and will give the highest number to the candidate that is proposing to most increase my tax (or reduce the least). Then i work my way down from biggest thief to smallest thief.

Ministers have more power to bring home the bacon in terms of services for our local area so a candidate with a higher chance of achieving a ministry job will garner a higher preference. Obviously a proper system would review cases objectively and invest based on need but this being Ireland that's not reality. We've seen pretty big investment in our area as a result of having a minister last time out. We must base decision on how things are not how we would wish them to be.

This is a good article which accurately outlines why this election is almost entirely pointless.

 

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This is a good article which accurately outlines why this election is almost entirely pointless.

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But that's the whole point, it's a circus for our amusement. If we didn't have them sure we'd only have to invent them.

If you can't laugh at a party you'd never vote for it. So the likes of SF that are up themselves will never make it to the top.
 

NaturalOnlyPlz

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In the UK and the US their major parties have clear differences in policies. Here it's more like we'll put in x gardai and y gardai reserves and a special task force or do you want more funding to the CAB, youth justice strategy and funding for a new family court... how the feck is Joe Public supposed to decide based on things like that? Those things are apples and oranges for most people and best left to the most experienced and qualified experts to decide. Clamping down hard on drugs and violent crime, that's something people can understand and get behind.
 

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I like candidates who put their heads above the parapet and say it as it is even when it will get them into trouble with Party HQ.
 

Gin Soaked

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I think most of us have party preferences or see some candidates have done a good job at council level. Many have a tendency to go for a candidate that is more local to where they live.

But do any of you have another factor that you use to distinguish between candidates?

For me, I look at the profession that is down against them and there are a few I don't like to see
- Public Representative - I'll give a pass to TDs and Senators, but councilor is not a job. If you are a councilor and you say this, you are saying career politician.
- Community Worker - What does this even mean? I'm so dedicated to progression in politics that I opt out of the labour market?
- Business(wo)man/Auctioneer/Publican - Vested interest groups

And then there are a few that I see positively
- Any form of private sector PAYE worker - One of the biggest groups in the country, but underrepresented in politics
- Doctor/Nurse/Paramedic - I'm a bit more wary of this one as I remember Varadkar and Reilly, but some specialist knowledge in what is our greatest challenge doesn't go amiss.
Ok. A bit to unpack here.

Teachers are invariably sh1te as ministers. And Community Activist is basically a dole mole who complains about everything and has his paw out permanently.

PAYE workers need to pay a mortgage and need a steady income. Politics is volatile and one cockup and your reputation is mud in many jobs. Plus you have to listen to cranks and idiots 80 hours a week.

Sane people don't run for election.

You need an independent income or profession to do this. Something to fall back on.

That is why we have dynasties. You need to be born into this.

And the need to be re-elected means hard measures are rarely taken.
 


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