These are my very quick, and not well-thought out answers to Fiona’s meme
about the Irish blogosphere:
Age: (1-18; 19-30; 31-45; 46-60; 60+) 19-30
Country of residence: Ireland
Sexual Orientation: straight
Do you have a disability? no
How would you describe your political philosophy? I wouldn’t. But generally speaking I’m in favour of small govt. Well laid out rules and regulations that enforced. In favour of social welfare. Democracy. Slightly to the left but not in favour of socialism.
Level of education (primary; post-primary; third-level; graduate; professional) post-grad. in Librarianship
If you were to vote on party lines which party would you choose (Ireland)? I usually vote Independent. But I think I vote according to personality rather than party. Only party I wouldn’t vote for is Sinn FÃ©in
If you were to vote on party lines which party would you choose (UK)? Lib Dem
If you were to vote on party lines which party would you choose (USA)? None.
Where do you stand on the EU? I’m in favour generally. But think there is too much bureaucracy
Did you support the invasion of Afghanistan? Yes. And no. There had to be some reaction for Sept 11th and terrorism, however I think that once the US invaded they didn’t have a plan. And as can be seen from the mess there now they still don’t. Not that I’d know what this plan should have been.
Did you support the invasion of Iraq? No. I think there should have been consultation with the international community. I think that the situation in Afghanisatan should have been dealt with. And I think that the US & UK govt.s lied in order to make people believe that Saddam was linked to the terrorist activites of Sept 11th.
However, this does not mean that I supported Saddam, I just think that there were other options that were unexplored.
Do you continue to support either or both of those conflicts? Support would be too strong a word. However at this stage I feel that a pullout would do more harm than good. But the current occupations and the way the situations are being handled is not doing anyone any good.
What do you believe is the single biggest issue facing Irish politics? I don’t think there is one single issue. There are a multitude; but I suppose Health Care and Eduacation are two of the big ones
What do you believe is the single biggest issue facing European politics? Figuring out exactly what the EU is
What do you believe is the single biggest issue facing international politics? Terrorism is a big one. But in many cases I’d say that poverty has a large role to play in creating dissaffected populations.
Are you, have you ever been, and do you ever wish to be involved in politics in a party political manner? No
Who would you have voted for in the past US Presidential Election? Whomever was the third party candidate.
Oh, Kelly, you can do it too, this way you can feel Irish, and maybe get nominated for Honourary Irish Blogger next year ;) And of course, anyone else who wants to can.