In what must be a new low, FF are painting FG as pro-abortion to win votes
Earlier today Damien noted that there were strong rumours that Fianna Fáil campaigners had been telling people in Dublin that the Green Party were in favour of abortion and would legalise it if they got into government.
It’s sounds slightly far-fetched that a party would spread such clear lies about another party. It’s not.
A canvasser for one of my local FF TD’s, Pat Carey just came to my door about 5 minutes ago (I live in Glasnevin, which is Dublin North West).
She gave me a flyer, and said “You’ll be giving Pat Carey, your number 1, won’t you? We need him for the area, he’s a great man”.
Me: Um, I’m not sure. I mean, I think he’s good but…
Her: Well if you don’t, you’ll give Noel Ahern your number 1 won’t you? He’s very good for the area, and we need Fianna Fáil back in.
Me: Well I think Pat Carey is good, but I don’t think that we do need Fianna Fáil back in to be honest [smiling]
Her: Well you won’t vote Fine Gael will you? I mean, they’re TERRIBLE…
Me: I’m not sure…
Her: [stepping into my porch] And you shouldn’t vote for Fine Gael cos they’re going to bring back in abortion.
Dead silence for 1 second.
Me: No, hang on a sec, that’s not true.
Her: No, I’m telling you, I’ve been reading about this for years. Ruairí Quinn and Pat Rabbitte, I heard them with my own ears, they said that they’ll bring in abortions for anyone who wants one in this country.
Me: No they won’t. Fine Gael have said that they won’t bring back in abortion. Labour have said that they’ll legislate for the X case, but that’s about the furthest that any party has gone.
Her: I’m telling you, I’ve heard them say it and it’s one of their policies.
Me: Look, it isn’t, and I don’t know why you’re focusing on this as an issue. It’s not an issue on the agenda for the election so why are you bringing this up and not something else?
Her: Because they’re going to bring it back in, I’m telling you the truth, I know about this.
Me: No, I’ve read what Fine Gael have said about abortion lately, and they definitely said that they won’t allow for it and it won’t be brought in. And Ruairí Quinn and Pat Rabbitte are Labour, not Fine Gael.
Her: That’s what I said, vote for Fine Gael and you get Labour and abortions with it.
Me: No, you definitely didn’t, you said…
Her: [shouting] Listen, it’s the truth. You don’t want abortions in this country so don’t vote for Fine Gael
Me: [pissed off but using my calm-but-firm voice] Look you’re telling a blatant lie. I think Pat Carey is good, but why aren’t you giving me reasons to vote for him instead of saying that about Fine Gael and Labour? Because I was considering giving him my No. 2 to be honest, but you’re giving me no reason to. I mean, this is a joke.
Her: Well tell me, why would you not vote for Fianna Fáil? Give me a reason.
Me: I don’t believe in privatising the healthcare system for one, it’s not fair on people who don’t have the money for treatments. And the US military shouldn’t be using Shannon, and I don’t believe in politicians receiving large amounts of money from developers, and…
Her: [shouting again] There’ll be a thousand beds freed up under our plans for the healthcare system, and it will cut the waiting list times for everyone and means that everyone will get treated quicker. I was in the Eye and Ear last month and got treated within a couple of weeks! It’s not based on how much money you have, everyone can get access
Me: But preferential access to healthcare shouldn’t be based on how much money you have. Thats just not fair
Her: Well you clearly have a bee in your bonnet
Me: What? You haven’t given me a single reason to vote for Pat Carey or Fianna Fáil. I don’t know if I’ll even give him a preference now to be honest. You shouldn’t be going around spreading lies about Fine Gael and Labour, that’s just not right.
Her: Well, that’s how it is. Goodbye.
To say I’m pissed off about this doesn’t begin to cover it.
This woman was angry, aggressive (despite the fact that she was in her 60′s) and patronising. When she left, I went back to my laptop and started writing this post. Then as I got more annoyed about it, I went outside to see if Pat Carey was still around the street, so I ask him if he knew what members of his canvassing team were saying on his behalf. He was gone, as were the rest of the team (which is strange, considering it’s a big street and it couldn’t have been more than 2 minutes before I came outside).
Obviously I’d been aware of the constant attacks by FF on the opposition parties throughout the campaign, but this was different; it was so underhand, so insidious, so pathetic.
Why not tell me not to vote Labour instead, considering the other TD in the constituency is Labour (Róisín Shortall) while the FG candidate (Bill Tormey) isn’t expected to take a seat? Why not give me a single reason to vote for Pat Carey instead of attacking the opposition? (I’m not going to count her healthcare tirade as she was literally shouting it at me). Whatever my views on abortion, it’s pretty clear that FG are against introducing it, so why make it an issue in such a well, stupid way?
I’m running out the door so can’t write as much as I’d like about this, but suffice to say, Pat Carey won’t be getting a preference from me.