One big party March 17, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
A comment recently here got me thinking. It pointed out that like ‘any broad-based party, Sinn Féin has a left bloc and a right bloc’. I think that’s probably true and it would be interesting to look at that further. The glue of Republicanism works up to a point but as time moves on – as we know from experience with other parties whether more avowedly left wing or centrist, the tendency for them to splinter becomes more pronounced. Still, moving away from the local can people point to mass left parties that haven’t fragmented over time? Actually large or mass left parties can seem on examination of the historical record a bit thin on the ground. I suppose the one I think of as a default is the PCI during the 1950s to the 1970s. British Labour has, albeit a very big party at certain points in its history, been somewhat less left-wing. Though again, getting back to the comment the PCI, the BLP etc are parties with various strands, if not indeed blocs. SYRIZA is a further example with its most leftward component consigned to electoral oblivion at the last election. And so on. But that raises the question as to whether it is possible to have mass political parties with strong cohesiveness and I’m very very dubious about that. I don’t think it was ever true and I think it is less true today. What do others think?