I realise that a Thursday vote is likely to make a significant impact on the number of students who manage to vote, but I ask. is that a bad thing?
Simon has been campaigning over on Irish election for the past while, even setting up a petition, to get voting on the upcoming general election put on a Saturday or Sunday. Some witty wag has deemed a Thursday vote as 'temporal gerry-mandering'. Sure enough Enda and Pat have taken the bait and whole heartedly endorse the idea of a weekend vote.
Again, I beg the question, is a Thursday vote such a bad thing?
Do we really want more students voting in the next election? Students are likely to vote with their "Cool-O-Meter" rather than their head. This means 1 thing; more votes for Labour, The Greens and Sinn Fein.
Do we really want the next Dail to contain 10, or more, Green Seats, ditto for Sinn Fein and around 30 Labour seats? I say no. I want a government founded on who is best suited for the job. I don't want a bunch of no good lefty liberal green students to swing the election based on their idea of whats groovy.
Damn Irish Election and their principles. Principles, like religion, are fine, so long as they are kept to oneselve. They have no place in the democratic process. Principles, unchecked, are dangerous things with the potential to cause great damage to you and everybody you hold dear.
If a Thursday vote increases the chances of the next Government being a viable, practical Government then I say its our duty, as citizens of this great nation, to demand a mid-week vote. A Dail with 50 seats divided between Labour, Sinn Fein and the Greens is hardly viable and practical.
Principles be damned. Think of the bigger picture.
Demand a Thursday Vote.