FF ‘may switch to the Liberals’—Eh, since when are FF liberals?
According to a report in this Saturday’s Irish Times, Bertie Ahern is considering a switch to the Liberal grouping in the European Parliament in time for the next European elections. Currently aligned with a group of right, reactionary, far-right and conservative parties in the ‘mishmash’ that is the UEN, it would appear that the desire of FF HQ to leave the UEN for the embrace of the Liberal grouping is still strong.
This is after FF’s MEPs rebelled previously against the idea of leaving the UEN (in 2004), and, of course, after the embarrassment earlier this year when Ógra were effectively stopped from any future co-operation with Lymec—the ELDR’s youth grouping—after Young PD opposition.
What are people’s views on this? Does the fact that FF aren’t Liberals even remotely concern anyone in this? Will this potential move leave FF in the Euro elections open to attack on abortion? How do the PDs feel about all this?