It’s all over bar the shouting
For the past month, this blog has been tracking the mad, bad and sad antics of election candidates across the spectrum. And now it’s all over. We feel empty, deflated and at a loss.
Yeah, right. We’re glad it’s all over. For a few months, at least.
Thanks to all for the contributions, comments and criticisms. Much appreciated.
Before we go, we got a lot of stick over our earlier posts here and here about the electorate’s supposed propensity to vote for the best-looking candidates, regardless of which party they represented or what their policies were.
According to an online poll carried out last month, 43 per cent of people believe a candidate’s appearance would influence their decision, with over a third saying they would vote for someone based solely on their attractiveness.
With that in mind, we thought we’d cast an eye over the bevy of male and female beauties we featured and see how they got on.
Left to right:
Maria Parodi (Labour): Ran for Dublin City Council. Elected.
Sarah Ryan (Fianna Fáil): Ran for Dublin City Council. Not elected.
Toiréasa Ferris (Sinn Féin): Ran for European Parliament. Not elected.
Clare Byrne (Fine Gael): Ran for Dublin City Council. Elected.
Catherine Ardagh (Fianna Fáil): Ran for Dublin City Council. Not elected.
Left to right:
John Lyons (Labour): Ran for Dublin City Council. Elected.
Ross O’Mullane (Independent): Ran in Dublin South byelection. Not elected.
Hugh Lewis (People Before Profit Alliance): Ran for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Elected.
Eoghan Murphy (Fine Gael): Ran for Dublin City Council. Elected.
Ronan Callely (Fianna Fail): Ran for Dublin City Council. Not elected.
The results: Two of five women and three of five men elected.
The conclusion: While the results are a tad inconclusive, we’ve decided to assume that the theory that people vote with other bits of their body other than their brains is, like most online polls, a load of nonsense. That’s our faith in humanity restored, so. What a relief.