Can’t (Sore Point) do? The Green Party return. August 23, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
Apologies for that, but reading that the Green Party is off to Carnsore Point next week for a ‘festival and summer school’ organised by Dan Boyle the thought struck me that they are now arguably in worse shape than they were twelve months ago and that’s saying something. Granted they were reeling from the loss of their entire parliamentary party in the election earlier that year. This on top of the effective annihilation of their local representation across the state (they’ve done a bit better in the North retaining their MLA seat). When it came to choosing a new leader they went for Eamon Ryan, who although no longer an elected representative still appeared to have some potential as a candidate at future elections in Dublin South…
Well, the boundary revisions have effectively put paid to that ambition. If it was going to be a difficult ask for him to win in the constituency as was it now appears impossible with the loss of a seat. Moreover Shane Ross as an incumbent Independent can – perhaps – sweep up some of the uncommitted votes that might wend his way.
I think it is deeply problematic not to have at least one TD in the Dáil espousing a clear approach on climate change, but I cannot see how that situation will materially alter in the near or even medium term future. But the options available to the GP, as presently constituted, seem limited. Former strongholds might provide the possibility for future electoral success but that depends also on candidates who are willing to run (and take Dublin North, I can’t see Clare Daly going anywhere soon). The odd thing is, though, that if the GP were willing to lock into the broad social democratically inclined sentiment that powers numerous independent and SF TDs, particularly now in a context where the LP remains wedded to orthodoxy and SFs position is ambiguous, there might be the potential for them to enter the space between formerly social democratic left and the further left.
I can’t see it happening though. For that to work they’d have to fashion some form of class analysis that they currently simply don’t have and the lack of which has – to my mind – hobbled them from the off.
Still, if all else failed I guess they could follow this modest suggestion from a few years back (and please note the date on which it was posted).