There was time briefly, around the 2007 general election and 2009 and local elections when every half-baked half wit running for political office posted a video on YouTube. Usually said candidate is sitting behind a desk at work, on the campaign trail or in the home, gazing at you at like some lovelorn puppy begging for a bit of a feel or at the very least an auld sympathy vote.
The video usually goes like this, candidate tells you who he/she is. They proceed to tell you how they are involved in the local community. Housing committees, swinger parties, the local GAA club, S&M events and so on. The candidate will then tell you, why you should vote for them and their political party. Finally they will tell you how the other party has caused smallpox, aids, cancer the sacking of Rome and the demise of the late late show and how they will fix it. “Please vote for me, thank you”
The candidate has to pull off all these thing without appearing gormless, unfortunately for the Green Party, Meath East candidate Seán Ó Buachalla fails in this endeavour on all counts.
But what of the efforts from the other candidates in the Meath East by-election.
Helen McEntee of Fine Gael has produced the best video’s so far. This one caused a little controversy as it pulled on the heart-strings a little. But the fact remains she has degrees in economics and politics and a masters in communications. Making her more qualified than the rest of the men in Fine Gael to be a TD.
This was the most recent video of the labour Party candidate Eoin Holmes I could find. Which is unusual for the Labour, normally they would have a video of the candidate up on YouTube by now. Labour video’s are usually well produced by Irish political standards. Admittedly the bar is low though.
Sinn Fein’s Darren O’Rourke video is more of the same, in the Irish political tradition on YouTube. In fairness he manages to appear quite normal. But keep a close eye in this video for the part where they have his election posters printed on the night he was selected to run. Imposed, not selected much ?
The highlight for me of Ben Gilroy, Direct democracy, is his explaining of why he wants the Book of Kells returned to Kells. They can store it in someone’s barn sure. That and his explanation of why Ireland is not a democracy. Even though he is running in a democratically held election where people get to vote. No doubt when he loses he will blame democracy.
Fianna Fail’s Thomas Byrne was quite enthusiastic about YouTube initially, well six years ago. You can view the now famous video that was deleted from YouTube HERE. Nothing controversial apart from a blessing from Bertie and a brimstone filled sermon from some loon preaching to a cult. This was Thomas Byrne’s last vote for me video on YouTube from six years ago.
Not a lot going happening with other candidates on YouTube except for my favourite political loon Jim Tallon. Living in Arklow, Jim holds the record for the most contested Dáil elections without ever winning a seat. Jim has invented a new chess game. Jim has also invented a new sport which he believes will rival soccer in its global popularity and become an alternative to violence in settling disputes….. He is also the self-proclaimed president of the Independent Republic of Glasnost, In Wicklow. As you do…..