Well, no experience of being Minister for Finance. But then, no one has experience of that before the attain the position.TKwhiskers said:It would be unfair to judge the other spokespeople on a ministerial basis as they have no experience.
Describing them as spokespeople is the fairest way of asking the question.smiffy said:So it's unfair to judge the others against him, and it would be unfair not to include him.
Doesn't that suggest that whatever result this throws up is going to be meaningless (i.e. even more more meaningless than all of these polls.)
As it happens, I don't have a lot of time for Joan Burton. It was the daftness of your comments about spin over substance that I was raising on the other thread.TKwhiskers said:I note your hero Joan Burton hasnt received a single vote, says a lot about what people on this site think of her.
Neutral said:Joan Burton has to be THE WORST spokesperson for anything on the OppositionI'm not her biggest fan, but thats going way overboard. Especially when the opposition benches include such apalling spokespersons as Aengus O' Snodaigh and Sean Crowe.
Burton was a curious choice for this job from the start. Especially as their are a number of other big hitters who could have made more of it. Namely Gilmore, Howlin, and even Liz McManus.
She hasn't really made any huge headway in damaging the governmet or putting forward any ideas.
She has made headway on the Bloodstockissue, and the fact that some millionaires are living tax free....but these issues are narrow ones and will only be of interest to a cerain section of potential Labour voters.
Whether they;re in coalition with FG or FF after the election, the same old Labour demand will be made: We want Finance and Foreign Affairs
Labour's spokespersons in these portfolios are not exactly the ideal people for the job.
Who would you want managing our Finances: Joan Burton or Richard Bruton?
Who would you want to represent us abroad: Michael Twee Higgins or, say, Bernard Allen or Gay Mitchell ??
Methinks that if Rabitte wants to steady the ship before the Election, he should reshuffle his front bench- bringing Howlin more to the fore (a kind of "put up or shut up") and put a realistic ministerial contender in place of Michael D. at Foreign Affairs