Fifty Years of Spinners and Winners

June 6, 2007 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

We’ve come a long way from ‘Brits out!’ in 1918. Here are the winning and losing campaign themes of the last fifty years of Irish General Elections, as described in Party Nation by Damian Corless, the funniest, scariest and most comprehensively researched book on Irish politics that I have ever read. >>>

2007 – Fianna Fáil, the Greens and the PDs, led by Ahern (I’m not discussing my money), beats Fine Gael and Labour led by Kenny (I’m not discussing his money). The electorate bottle it, after spending five years whinging about Fianna Fáil‘s arrogant squandermania. Weeks after the polls close, Kenny still insists that reaction on the doorsteps is fantastic and he’s on course to form a government.

2002 – Fianna Fáil and the PDs led by Ahern (a lot done, more to do) beats Fine Gael led by Noonan (vision with purpose)

1997 – Fianna Fáil and the PDs led by Ahern (look, no anorak) beats Fine Gael led by Bruton (don’t swallow Bertie and Mary’s lethal cocktail)

1992 – Fianna Fáil and Labour led by Reynolds (we didn’t end this temporary litrtle arrangement) beats Fine Gael led by John Bruton (we’re ready to govern again)

1989 – Fianna Fáil and the PDs led by Haughey (coalitions equal multi-party chaos) beats Fine Gael led by Dukes (put us in power with the PDs)

1987 – Fianna Fáil led by Haughey (things can only get better) beats Fine Gael and Labour led by Fitzgerald (we didn’t invent unemployment)

1982 – Fine Gael and Labour led by Fitzgerald (we’re decent, honest and trustworthy) beats Fianna Fáil led by Haughey (it’s the economy, stupid)

1982 – Fianna Fáil led by Haughey (2000 extra Gardai) beats Fine Gael and Labour led by Fitzgerald (fiscal rectitude)

1981 – Fine Gael and Labour led by Fitzgerald (you won’t be taking a chance) beats Fianna Fáil led by Haughey (we’ll strive for a united Ireland)

1977 – Fianna Fáil led by Lynch (we’ll make it your kind of country) beats Fine Gael and Labour led by Cosgrave (a lot done, more to do)

1973 – Fine Gael and Labour led by Cosgrave (we too can offer strong government) beats Fianna Fáil led by Lynch (coalition is a shotgun wedding)

1969 – Fianna Fáil led by Lynch (the seventies won’t be socialist) beats Fine Gael led by Cosgrave (we’re the party of sanity)

1965 – Fianna Fáil led by Lemass (no to gimmick politics) beats Fine Gael led by Dillon (social justice through Private enterprise)

1961 – Fianna Fáil led by Lemass (Fine Gael offers only windbaggery) beats Fine Gael led by Dillon (Fianna Fáil is on the make)

1957 – Fianna Fáil led by Dev (restore strong government) beats Inter-Party Coalition led by Costello (Fianna Fáil is really a coalition)

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