No-confidence vote is blatant populism by Sinn Féin

The motion of no confidence tabled by Sinn Féin in the Dáil this week is somewhat opportunistic and populist.

At a time of international upheaval and a cost of living crisis, the fact that some opposition TDs want to demolish the entire building to gain popularity with their constituents is very disingenuous.

For Sinn Féin – the main opposition party – given their abstention in the UK Parliament during the crucial Brexit period and their absence from Stormont when it was needed most, promoting this no-confidence vote is nothing more than a sleight of hand.

It yelled “foul” from the sidelines while others did – and still do – the heavy lifting.

While her mantra is for more money and higher welfare payments to offset the cost-of-living crisis, if she were accepted into government, like all parties when in power, she would adopt a fiscal approach unguided by her ideology , but by the strict directives and guidelines of the EU and the IMF.

As we grapple with international instability, homelessness, rising immigration, and an economic crisis beyond our control, a Shinner motion of no confidence is essentially populism.

No amount of rhetoric or poll winning can make up for the lack of tax savvy from a party willing to drain our coffers to gain popularity and be in government.

Christy Galligan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Truss will tick the box for many narrow-minded Tories

What chance does a non-white Anglo-Saxon have of being elected party leader and Prime Minister of the UK? Very little I think.

Between 180,000 and 200,000 Tory members are entitled to vote on two selected candidates. The composition of these members is about 92 percent White, of which 68 percent are male. Of these men, most are over 55 and 44 percent are over 66 years old.

A large majority of these members voted for Boris Johnson as leader in 2019.

Are these people likely to forgive non-Anglo-Saxon candidates who have resigned from government and started the exodus of 59 cabinet and minor government ministers and secretaries?

It is believed that a significant number of new members have joined the party over the past three years out of admiration for Boris. Will they be satisfied with the perpetrators of his death? Polls show a sizeable majority of Tory Party members are right-wing, pro-Brexit and well-read The Daily Telegraph, The times and Daily Mail. My money is already with Liz Truss.

John G O’Connor, Dublin 6

Johnson has truthfully named and shamed the economy

Basically, politics is less about politics and more about communication. The Notice generally supersedes the Notice.

This week we saw how this played out in the UK. Churchill was anything but flawless, be it India, Ireland or Gallipoli. However, the story remembers “Winston the Lion”.

Only time will tell if history will remember Boris the Lie.

Gerard Walsh, Ontario, Canada

Let the cat out of the bag about the standard of the competitors

Having the luxury of watching from a distance, my favorite comment about those running for leadership of the Tory party is that “Mrs Thatcher would not let any of these people carry her handbag”.

Brendan Casserly, Bishopstown, Cork

The quality of sporting goods makes readers convert

What should I say about the sports reports (Irish Independent, July 11), specifically on Kerry v Dublin? Brilliant. Top notch writing. I read and read Eamonn Sweeney’s wonderful article about the latest free version of Kerry.

The drama and suspense were captured with such quality writing.

And what about Vincent Hogan’s article? Check this out: “At least this game escaped the modern day vandalism of militaristic, risk-averse zeal.”

Exactly my opinion. I wish I had Vincent’s command of the word.

If only other sportswriters would denounce the negative ‘tactics’ of many teams we would have more games of the quality of Kerry vs Dublin.

I have to admit, I’m usually not indo Reader. My last forays into the Irish Independent and herald will change all that.

Thank you for brightening up my Monday.

Michael Enright, Swords, Co Dublin No-confidence vote is blatant populism by Sinn Féin

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