‘’Compare and contrast the political ideologies which are evident in the media articles provided’’ There are many different interpretations on what an ideology is, everybody has an ideology but it may not always be endorsed or may also not be always logical. Political scientists of today define the term to mean ‘’an action oriented belief system, an interrelated set of ideas that in some way guides or inspires political action’’ (Heywood 1997). After studying these four media articles there is evidence of different ideologies from each columnist including a feminist ideology, a socialist ideology, conservative ideology and also a liberalist ideology.
‘’Louise O'Keeffe has courage, our leaders do not.’’ This article by Gene Kerrigan is a perfect example of a feminist ideology. Feminists carry strong beliefs in individualism/community, freedom, reason and equality which are all evident in this article. Individualism in this article is evident as the divide between the public and private is visible, as although the state knew the measures of Louise O’Keefe’s abuse they denied the judicial endorsement she needed. This is a typical story of feminism where the woman is controlled by the rules of the dominant males. Louise O’Keefe then fought with courage until she had victory 15 years later when European court accepted the case she had built up. Kerrigan’s feminist ideology is also conveyed by the element of equality throughout the article. There is an element of radical feminist’s as they fight for stress equality in personal life and for control over one’s own body. Gene Kerrigan also shows signs of socialist belief in this article as he believes that everyone should be able to exercise their political and legal rights and that they should have equal outcomes rather than having equality of opportunity. “The High Court turned Ms O'Keeffe down, so she went on to the Supreme Court. And that turned her down. And the State bullied her, threatening to pummel her with legal costs – half-a-million euro and counting – so much so that she feared for her family home. Using similar threats, the State frightened dozens of other litigants into dropping their cases.”(Kerrigan 2014)
The second article I studied is ‘’the government is PPS-ing all over us’’ by Gene Kerrigan. Gene Kerrigan’s ideologies stay on the left side of the political spectrum as his socialist beliefs are evident again. Socialism is based on elements of community which is similar to the beliefs of feminists, fraternity, social equality, needs, social class and common ownership. According to Heywood – ‘The term ‘socialist’ derives from the Latin sociare, meaning to combine or to share. (Heywood 2012). It is clear from the beginning that the columnist of this article is a socialist as he states ‘’I like paying taxes for schools and hospitals and roads and water and guards and courts and fire brigades - the stuff that makes us a civilisation’’. (Kerrigan 2014).
It’s evident from my reading of Gene Kerrigan’s two articles that he sits on the left side of the political spectrum as he has a feminist and a socialist outlook which can be seen in his articles. “Our lads are fine with bullying a Louise O'Keeffe, but ask them to stand up to anyone with power – well, they live in a kiss-up, kick-down world.”(Kerrigan 2014). In my opinion this shows his feminist approach to this article as he sees gender differences as a barrier to equality of all people including Louise O’Keefe’s case. Similarly in the second article he sits on the left side of the political spectrum as he carries socialist qualities also. “The professional classes are making a killing on this one, with everyone on premium rates. So far, Irish Water has allocated €86m for consultants and lawyers. Just setting up the company and its "new funding model" is budgeted at €150m. On top of which there's a €30m "contingency fund" - which is technical language for "the way these people charge, we know the €150m...
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