Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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Presidential election 2011

For those of you who haven't been following it, the Irish Presidential election (voting on Thursday) grumbled into life over the last few weeks with the emergence of a dark horse front-runner, Seán Gallagher, who had a bit of a history as an activist with the utterly discredited former government party Fianna Fáil but was better known as one of the judges on the Irish version of the reality programme Dragon's Den. Gallagher came from nowhere to lead the field of veteran candidates, with opinion polls over the last couple of days giving him an unassailable lead over the former favourite, Michael D. Higgins of the Labour Party.

And then last night it all fell apart. This is an amazing piece of political video, folks: watch as, under questioning from Sinn Féin's candidate Martin McGuinness and moderator Pat Kenny, Gallagher's political credibility disintegrates (and the person who speaks at the end is the likely winner Michael D. Higgins). One doesn't need to know any of the material details (concerning the circumstances in which Gallagher accepted a donation on behalf of Fianna Fáil several years ago); the body language and tone of voice are enough to tell the story of a thousand votes being lost every second. Enjoy.

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