That ‘moderate left’? April 6, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Colin Murphy in the SBP makes an appeal to ‘the moderate left’, that would be ‘Labour, the SDs and the GP’ who ’together have 12 seats’ to find common cause.
And not just them.
There are at least six independents who are comfortably within the broad left. I4C have four TDs. The latter may appear an unlikely candidate for compromise, but Tommy Broughan was a long standing LP member, Mick Wallace was a successful businessman. They know about hard bargaining.
That gives a left grouping 22 – almost half the FG strength, comparable to the relative strength of LP to FG in the last government.
His suggestion, that ‘causes close to those on the left will be neglected or will regress’ if they do not participate. And he points to Repeal the 8th, political reform, concessions to asylum seekers, assistance and support to Travellers and ‘tax cuts will get greater priority over services’.
He notes that:
The radical left today will not contemplate such path. But those between it and the centre should be talking. They talk a lot about the national interest: there’s little enough you can get done for the national interest from opposition.
Murphy is an interesting character in himself. Brother of an FG TD, he is a former assistant for one SD TD and in fairness has cleaved to a moderate yet solid left of centre line himself in the SBP. So it’s interesting that he raises this call. Hard to believe it will be answered, but perhaps it is Plan B, or C, for some.