Flash In The Pan

It’s a sure sign that an idea has passed its sell-by date when a political party decides it would make a good gimmick.

So it is that we must mark the demise of the Flash Mob – at least in Ireland – as Young Fine Gaelers decide it would be a neat idea to assemble on Grafton Street in the shape of a giant heart.

Someone, somewhere, probably in a smoke filled backroom as required by time-honoured tradition, obviously thought this would be a good way to encourage the Young People Of Ireland to vote for the Lisbon treaty,

Political parties really should steer clear of this kind of stunt.

Fine Gael in particular doesn’t have a good record in imaginative escapades: they’re still trying to live down the Celtic Snail.

And the less said about the Twink Ard Fheis, the better.

There’s something inherently cringeworthy about the attempts by political leaders to Connect With The Young People.

As an attempt to look hip and cool, its on a par with David Brent’s charity dance.

Fortunately, the Young People have sufficient horse sense to see through the nonsense.

Except, that is, for the young fogeys who join Young Fine Gael.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.