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Comment #4822884 by Tom Buckley

Tom Buckley Feb 27th 2016, 7:19 AM #

Excuse me for the crude analogy
Irish politics is like possessing two pairs of underpants
You put up with the first pair until they become unbearable
You then switch to the second pair
Enduring them until they too become unbearable
So unbearable in fact the first and still unwashed pair are starting to look like an attractive alternative again
FF and FG

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'A political earthquake': RTÉ exit poll 'a tragedy' for coalition candidates

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    Favourite Jake Chambers
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:25 AM

    I really enjoyed that analogy. It’s perfectly apt.

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    Favourite Tim O Connor
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:27 AM

    If that doesn’t make it into “comments of the week” I don’t know what will! !!

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    Favourite Fergal Kelly
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:32 AM

    Genius. And so sad…

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    Favourite Joe Harbison
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:41 AM

    Lots of underpants out there didn’t look any better, and it looks like the country might be going commando for a few weeks without anybody much in charge.

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    Favourite john Appleseed
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:43 AM

    Except you’ve many pairs of underpants but you will only try two

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    Favourite Regina Maclean
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:44 AM

    Tom Buckley , thank you for that brilliant description of Irish politics. Time to go shopping for new underwear.

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    Favourite Kieran Stafford
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:48 AM

    Better off not wearing any jocks at all

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    Favourite Gary Wildman
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    Feb 27th 2016, 7:49 AM

    Why no be SF an go commando..

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    Favourite Allister
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    Feb 27th 2016, 8:06 AM

    It shows there is an unbelievable amount of lazy people in this country who don’t vote. God only knows what kind of government we are going to end up with.

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    Favourite Meehawwl O'Buachailla
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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:02 AM

    Just turn them inside out and wear them again!

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    Favourite IrishGravyTrain
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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:15 AM

    Spray underpants with Febreeze to get rid of the smell.

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    Favourite Fiona deFreyne
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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:19 AM

    Ireland has 2 Tory parties, FF and FG.

    The electorate is still highly conservative, seeking different results from the same old politics.

    Tom Buckley’s comment captures the political reality. Both FG and FF pong but familiarity breeds fear of change. We want the same if we keep viting the same.

    The only hopeful sign is that the two great monolith parties, the bastions of conservatism and protectors of the status quo, FF and FG have jointly less than 50% . It may take a few more GEs but the Irish public are no longer quite as gullible as they once were. I think that a younger and less brain washed, less conditioned electorate, will eventually vote for real change.

    The scare the voters into not changing the underpants worked to quite an effect.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:21 AM

    That’s what happens when you stick to the branded pants, should give the lesser known labels a try you might be supprised, nothing is gonna change wearing the same ones over and over and over

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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:27 AM

    @Tom that just about describes it in a nutsack… nutshell, nutshell.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:29 AM

    banking enquiry scented fabreeze

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    Favourite Howard John Goodisson
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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:29 AM

    Allister, its nots laziness, its apathy, we are all sick to the back teeth of listening to liars, ff, fg, lab, sf, and most of the others are playing games, they one thing they do the opposite. This exit poll shows that we want change, not politicians promising change and then doing nothing, but the real mccoy, none of the main parties are willing to give up their trappings of wealth and power, but merely repeat the same rubbish over and over again.

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    Favourite The_five_lamps
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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:33 AM

    labour are the skid marks in those underpants.

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    Favourite watersedge
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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:34 AM

    The older, rural vote is keeping FF and FG in there. New generations coming behind them. Times are changing.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:36 AM

    So Ireland will have no government. Trump gets to be president in the US and the UK leave Europe. Could be a crazy year.

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    Favourite Fiona deFreyne
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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:51 AM

    Watersedge, the times are certainly changing. The results show that the twin pillars of Irish conservatism are no longer all dominant.

    It will take a younger and less conditioned electorate, a less trusting electirate, to continue the process of political change.

    It seems that we don’t like the old tune but we keep playing it out of habit.

    I followed your comments throughout the general election. I was pleased to see that yiu and many like yiu were willing to say that the emperor had no clothes. The voices of real change are getting louder but it does not happen in one GE.

    It’s a process of change and the electorate is starting to change.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 9:55 AM

    That’s what we do already, Meehawwl!

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    Favourite Ivan Assache
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    Feb 27th 2016, 10:10 AM

    Two pairs of clowns underpants. And you know what mess they’re in.

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    Favourite Rand Al Thor
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    Feb 27th 2016, 10:15 AM

    Apathy will not bring about change,just look to Spain ,the voters got off their buts and for the first time the two old parties are under real pressure.One of the new parties will be in power which is amazing since it didn’t exist 18 months ago.Thats what happens when the people exercise their democratic right.We on the other hand will moan and groan about government and then don’t bother to vote and are stuck with whoever the rest of us put in power,so get off your butt and Vote.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 10:16 AM

    Yes, it was tough on here at times Fiona. Constant underhanded attacks against sf along with a truly undeniable media bias against them across the board and I am glad to see that their support continues to increase because I always knew despite what people said about them – they play an important part in bringing about real change and a shift away from the status quo.
    Apart from that I just hoped that people would back right to change, s.d, independents. Anybody put the ff fg labour renua. You are right, it will not happen in one election but there is no doubt the wheels are in motion. I also followed your posts and credit is due to you for your contributions, we may follow different parties but we were on the same page – to vote anybody but the usual suspects. Good luck to s.d I was rooting for them also.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 10:38 AM

    And you behaved in the very same way watersedge with your constant underhand attacks and accusing people of supporting parties that they did not support.

    SF have legacy issues that will continue to haunt them until they deal with them, Gerry Adams has to consider his position now because he has cost SF votes.

    They need new leadership, someone not tainted with the past.

    I voted SD, Labour and FG didn’t get a nod from me.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 10:49 AM

    I was speaking to Fiona, as usual you butt in. The personal attacks I got on here being called a 100%paid sf scivvy hack and being treated like a criminal because I said I would vote sf. I told you before, there is a reason I don’t engage with you, now go and annoy someone else. You would fight with yourself in an empty house.

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    Feb 27th 2016, 11:08 AM

    Excellent observation Tom. I just hope this is the beginning of something good. I Voted 1DDI, 2SD,3SF. I did not give a 4, 5,6,7,8,9 or ten, because the monopoly of the establishment parties was just to strong…

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    Favourite John Brendan Mullen
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    Feb 27th 2016, 12:37 PM

    Irish politics in a nutshell.

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    Favourite Gerry Grennan
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    Feb 27th 2016, 8:54 PM

    Brilliant so true Tom .

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