Jim Carroll

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The young folks versus the old folks

There’s a very interesting contrast to be made between the excellent general election campaign run by Older & Bolder and the awful, dreadful, cliched drivel which continues to be foisted on us by those eejits at Rock The Vote. Rock …

Mon, May 21, 2007, 14:24

   

There’s a very interesting contrast to be made between the excellent general election campaign run by Older & Bolder and the awful, dreadful, cliched drivel which continues to be foisted on us by those eejits at Rock The Vote.

Rock the Vote employed a bunch of celebrity buffoons (and Cormac Battle) to try to get young folk to vote. This bunch of buffoons seem to think that wacky statements, silly handsignals and irony is the way to go when it comes to votes, politics and elections.

Older & Bolder, which is a group consisting of Age Action Ireland, Age & Opportunity, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and The Senior Help Line, have got lowdown and dirty with issues which directly impact on their immediate constituency. Meetings were organised, voices were raised and the importance of a large voting bloc was quickly understood by all parties.

Older & Bolder’s lobbying is the reason why you’ve heard more about pensions in this election, for example, than such pressing youth-related issues as the country’s appalling road safety record (has there been mention of this issue by any party?) and the influence of the drink lobby on our law-makers, to name just two.

Instead of empowering and encouraging young voters to harass politicians about such issues which are of immediate concern to them, Rock The Vote decided to treat their audience like children and sent in the clowns. What a waste of time, money and resources.

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