Are the Irish stupid?

Or do they just have bad leaders?

Having to turn out for a second referendum because they got the first one wrong is quite indicative. I feel entitled to ask, being part Oirish.

Ireland is fast-tracking legislation that will effectively ban all gas-powered vehicles within a decade, leaving customers who are buying cars in January confused about what to do next, local reports show.

The country’s Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton plans to publish the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2019 enforcing such a ban, the reported Monday. The ban was officially announced in June, according to the report. One of Ireland’s political parties is pushing back.

“Fianna Fáil is mindful that families and businesses remain extremely reliant on petrol/diesel cars and that any phase out must be combined with greater investment in EV charging, public transport and cycling infrastructure,” Fianna Fáil climate spokesman Jack Chambers told the Independent.

Off the bleedin planet – well, back to handgrown tatties then.

6 comments for “Are the Irish stupid?

  1. Mudplugger
    January 1, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Their previous reliance on potato crops in the 1840s didn’t work out too well, I seem to recall. But, like referendums, that’s no reason not to try again.

    • January 1, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      It’s sad to be in the grip of suchlike.

  2. January 2, 2020 at 3:27 am

    In the main, yes.

  3. Mark
    January 2, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Well they’re in the Euro.

  4. Ed P
    January 2, 2020 at 10:55 am

    It’s a good thing electricity is magic – no fossil fuels are needed, you just plug in.

    I believe the little people produce it from moonshine.

    But, “All gas-powered vehicles”? Have they forgotten about hydrogen, usually as gas in my experience.

  5. Valentine Gray
    January 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Ban bicycles as well, ride one and you need oxygen then expel carbon dioxide and a few farts. Seriously the answer lies with Nicola Tesla, the genius they ignore.

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