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    McDowell repeats himself 5 years on

    <h1>McDowell predicts FF election success</h1>

    Stephen Collins, Political Correspondent<div class="img_left_with_capti&#111;n">
    </div> Tánaiste Michael McDowell maintained last night that Fianna
    Fáil would win power at the next election and the only issue
    left to be decided by the people was which other party would share
    power with them. "The closer we get to the election, the greater will be the
    focus on who will have enough seats to be Fianna Fáil's
    partners and on whom Fianna Fáil may wish to have as partners
    in government," said Mr McDowell.

    @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;"> He said that the election would concern the choice facing the
    people about who would partner Fianna Fáil.@@@@/SPAN> "The electorate
    will have it in their power to grant that to my party, the
    Progressive Democrats. They may grant it to Labour. They may grant
    it to the Greens. And they may grant it to Sinn Féin."

    He said the one clear consequence of the current opinion polls
    was that a Fine Gael-led government was becoming a mathematical

    "Leading Fine Gael strategists may predict massive seat wins for
    Fine Gael. They can even predict an overall majority for Fine Gael
    at the next election for all I care. But nothing that they have to
    say can be as eloquent as the decision of Gay Mitchell TD not to
    contest the next general election.

    "Gay Mitchell's decision is fraught with foreboding for Fine
    Gael. Here is an experienced, capable party representative in good
    standing who would have a claim on a senior ministry were Fine Gael
    about to enter government. He has opted instead to stay in
    Brussels. Better to be a small fish in a big pond than a big fish
    in no pond," said the Tánaiste.

    He said Fine Gael may try and take comfort from Maireád
    McGuinness returning from Brussels to contest a Dáil election,
    but such a decision would be taken more in the hope of succeeding
    Enda Kenny as party leader than of serving him as a minister.

    Mr McDowell was speaking in Dublin at the launch of a book,
    called The Soul of Ireland, edited by Joe Mulholland, which arose
    from contributions to this year's Magill Summer School

    Mr McDowell said that in the 1997 general election, the people
    had to choose between a Fine Gael-led government and a Fianna
    Fáil-led government and in the 2002 general election, the
    people had to choose between whether Fianna Fáil should govern
    on their own or whether they should govern with coalition partners.
    "But if Fianna Fáil maintain or grow their current levels of
    support, then in the 2007 general election the choice which the
    people will have to make will be which party can govern with Fianna
    Fáil." he said.

    Mr McDowell said the essential characteristic of the alternative
    of Fine Gael and Labour was mediocrity. "Where either Fine Gael or
    Labour go it alone the result is usually something the other party
    will not wear. At best we are offered the paralysis of handcuffed
    mediocrity. At worst we are offered questionable proposals likely
    to be vetoed by the other party.

    "This is the core problem of the Rainbow combination. And this
    is what probably lies behind voters' recent turning away from the
    Rainbow parties. And, unfortunately for the Rainbow parties, this
    is a central problem which they cannot easily avoid or solve or
    fix," he said.


    What a neck ! [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]

    And there will be some idiots who will buy that crap....



      This is from the FF watchdog himself (the Rottweiller who lost his teeth when they were needed).

      Suppose attacking FG &amp; Lab makes a change from broadsiding the Greens &amp; SF (who have larger support at the ballot-box). Look in your own corner first Micheal before considering stoning the sinners......

      Is he worried about being re-elected (or not), and is (again) ingratiating himself to Bertie so he can be appointed to another govt.appointment next Summer (could you imagine being in front of Judge McDowell.....???).