Can This End Well?

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This afternoon.

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Labour Party leader Joan Burton launches her #talktoJoan campaign, which encourages people to get online and talk to the Tanaiste “about their vision of what Ireland’s social and economic recovery should look like”  ahead of the next General Election.

#Fight!

(Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

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The twist?

Joan does all the talking.

From left: (Back) Labour Party Member Grace Willams, Minister For Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, Labour Party Member Cait Nic Amhcaoibh. From left (front):  Labour Party Member Jim Butler, Joan Burton and Labour Party Minister for Business & Employment Ged Nash.

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58 thoughts on “Can This End Well?

  1. ahjayzis

    Makes no sense for a party this unpopular to open itself up to what’s sure to be a torrent of abuse.

    Rumour has it it’s a way of justifying Lorraine ‘Unelectable Cretin’ Higgins and Pat Rabbitte’s censorship bill. Something for Joan to quote in the debate.

  2. Fergus the magic postman

    What, like talk to her on a phone?

    It’s too late Joan. Your party got my vote last time round, and you might as well have laughed in my face afterwards. That won’t be happening again.

  3. Mikeyfex

    Jooooooaan Bluffeeeeyyyyyyyy Doo diddle diddle di doo diddle diddle di doo diddle diddle di doooo.

  4. Cobweb

    Hello, this is Joannie, I’m sorry but I’m not home
    But if you leave me your name and number
    I promise, soon as I get in I’ll phone.

  5. Clampers Outside!

    #TalkToJoan
    R U looking to get elected or something?
    You haven’t a hope. You ruined the party and ignored the people you said you’d represent – 25% of those IN WORK are on below the living wage, thanks Joan / Labour

    1. Yorick

      +1 iPhone

      Labour party is a spent force now. Sure, they were the junior party in government, but they have little they can really campaign on. I think things were easier than they would’ve been under a single-party Fine Gael government. See post-election full-throttle Tories. But I can’t see anybody voting for Labour on that basis. Especially as they broke a number of promises. I guess the electorate also needs to be aware of the reality of coalition politics next time around.

      Also, since 2011 Labour have proven politically gormless. I’m just surprised at their lack of political nous. Case in point: taking over from Phil Hogan.

      A crisis wasted.

      Then again, folks keep voting for centre-right, and right wing parties, and for pothole fixers. That’s democracy. I propose we nuke it from orbit.

  6. Michael

    ” I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
    shit,wrong number…

  7. Supercrazyprices

    So she equates a moan in phone show with popular political debate.

    It shows how ill-conceived and ill-prepared this stupid idea is. Amazing how they only try to connect with the electorate when an election is on the way.

    Full of it.

    1. donkey_kong

      for sure – i’m a sucker for the black skirt black tights combo.
      If any good good came from this fraud , it’s those legs
      pity we didn’t get a better look at her.

  8. JimmytheHead

    Heya Joan!

    FYI if my water gets cut off then I’m gonna have to fill my water balloons with something else…

    #TalkToJoan #PeltedWithPee #YellowSnowInTheSummer

          1. Odis

            Seriously, A slab of tinnies and three bunches of asparagus. What’s not to like? Two of your five a day.

  9. bisted

    ….an idea worthy of Young Fine Gael…more evidence that Labour have gone native…

  10. Dubloony

    At the risk of rotten tomatoes from fellow BSers, I’ll be the contrarian

    Broken promises – Labour are the minor party in a coalition government. If people wanted Labour policies they should have voted for them but they didn’t, they voted for right wing FG.
    That Referendum last week? Labour
    Reversed the FF cut in mimimum wage.
    Collective bargaining on the way.
    Unemployment down to 9.8%. Yes, emigration is a part of that but numbers in employment and tax intake indicate that real growth is taking place.
    Water – took up Phil Hogan’s mess and put some sense around it. (Flame away!)
    Welfare – kept welfare rate (except u.25s). Spain & Greece no longer have functioning welfare systems. Significant reform of the welfare system with focus on job activation.
    Housing – 2 billion going into social housing. Obviously not fast enough, but its happening.
    Education – kept payments to Desh schools, focus on literacy, reform of junior cert so that ALL children benefit.

    And so on.
    Yes its been a horrible few years. Even if we returned to full employment in the morning there are scars that will last a lifetime. But FG would have slashed and burned people more brutally if left to their own devices.

    SF ? Just have a look at Greece, still in perma-crisis.

    1. Odis

      Yeah I think she did a good and decent job at keeping Social Welfare at the level it is.
      I’m sure if it was an FG minister they would have regrettably have had to make more cuts.
      Because Troika.

      But this is Broadsheet.

      1. bisted

        …OK…if it’s come clean day I’m an ex-labour supporter. I’ve worked on the Mary Robinson campaign and with Ruairi Quinn. I feel dreadfully betrayed. I voted for the remnants of FF to be subsumed into FG and labour to become an effective opposition and preparing for government as the largest party. The lure of power and pensions proved too tempting for the ‘leadership’…shame on them…shame on me for being taken in…it will never happen again.

        1. Odis

          What bisted?
          They behaved like every other politician, in this country, and that surprises you?
          They didn’t come up to your high standards, is that it?

          That’s the trouble with politicians m8. Its about voting for the best of the worst.

          1. Joe the Lion

            The fact is labour guys think they are superior to the rest of us – like the greens – finding out they have feet of clay is horrific

        2. Kieran NYC

          Why would you vote for someone you didn’t actually want to get into government?

    2. jeremy kyle

      The public’s perception is that Labour politicians have simply towed the line and have been complicit in everything FG has done. Joan has literally become the face of the water charges for a lot of people.

      Whether that’s fair or not doesn’t really matter because it’s too late for them to change it.

  11. Keith

    I think John Gormley has predicted what is going to happen to the Labour vote a couple of years ago in the Village magazine. The same thing that happened the Greens, and to the Liberal Democrats in the UK.

    People will blame the minor government party, and reward the major one!

    1. ABM's Bloodied Underwear

      The major party are not being rewarded. The minor party are losing their voting base, because they went into government and did they opposite of what they said they would do.
      FG didn’t, so their vote base is happy with the outcome.

  12. Brian Hession

    “Great, put her on a sofa, and in a setting, that says ‘Let them eat their expensive mobile phones’, because we can forget about the working class vote, we’ve screwed them … so let’s go ‘Bourgeois Joanie’ … yeah that’s it … think upper middle class, baby!”

    Your overpaid advisors doesn’t understand elementary semiotics, Joan. Makes me feel much better that you chose to ignore the cap put on kitchen cabinet payments and have been spending half a million p.a. in taxpayers’ money for this see-through crap. Go team … yay … #talktojoan

  13. Barabajaggal

    Wow man! Only 4 years in office and now you want to listen to the electorate

  14. Ppads

    Post all the kitty pictures you want but at the very least acknowledge that Labour protected the most vulnerable as best they could under the most difficult of circumstances.

    They are not a spent force… quite the opposite.

    1. Odis

      Protecting the vulnerable counts for nothing on Broadsheet. but then you are fairly new here.

    2. Sam

      “as best they could” ?
      So they’re propping up a govt who would love to do much worse?

  15. Truth in the News

    Hey Joan, hop out to Jobstown, you hadn’t much to say on your last excursion
    out there even if you phoned her she start complaing that she was been harangued
    She did’t pay much heed of all she was told in the last 4 odd years, coming events
    cast their shadow…..they look ridiclous and these people govern Ireland.

  16. Parochial Central

    Surely #ministerforhomelessness

    OK then #talktojoan – how much does advisor Ed Brophy spend on phones and #talktojoan is Ivana Bacik going to be imposed as a candidate in DLR?

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