Political jingle bells on the way

Political jingle bells on the way

Political jingle bells on the way

I don't know about you, but it's been an ‘interesting' year - that's one way to put it, on the political front.

Fianna Fail find themselves facing the political wilderness nationally and locally they look certain to drop a seat in both constituencies here while Labour's star appears to be slipping if the latest rash of polls are to be believed.

Fine Gael's Dinny McGinley is being tipped in certain circles (the Taoiseach in-waiting Enda Kenny said as much in Ballyshannon in November) to be the next Ceann Comhairle, and who could argue the robes wouldn't suit our Dinny?

Rumour has it that all or most of the General Election candidates in the November by-election made arrangements to have their posters stored in all the local areas rather than having to start from scratch again in April when it looks like we will finally have a General Election.

I think the best story heard after the by-election was from the star turn in the race - Thomas Pringle - yes Thomas, not Pearse! Thomas, who had no party machine behind him, very little in the way of a marketing or advertising budget, made light of the fact that he was treated by national media as someone who only deserved a seat in the audience for the big TV debates.

Thomas revealed that in June or July 2010 he spotted a very keen deal for posters and took up the offer and had his posters made from re-cycled material at a relatively cheap price. Thomas's thriftiness is a good example of the way we all need to be thinking in these challenging economic times.

Locally, the big council story remains the salty one. Our county councillors were correct when they expressed their outrage last Thursday at the poor handling of the weather crisis by the NRA and the failure to secure adequate stocks of salt has left us wondering and hoping that there will be enough to keep the main arteries into the county open.

In its own way the management of the ‘ice crisis' is a metaphor for the apparent failure of those in charge to be just that - in charge.

And as for the politicians - they'll get - like the rest of us, some respite over the Christmas, but 2011 promises to be another very interesting year in the political landscape here.

Will Dinny get the cloak? Will Pat come back from Europe? Will Tom Conaghan run in Mary's back yard? few points to ponder over the plum pudding!