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A former Minister writes… on the LP April 18, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Pat Rabbitte’s column in the SBP is filled with… well, actually quite sensible stuff, all things considered as regards the current impasse etc – but in a way that’s easy enough, 53 or 54 days out. Sadly he’s in love with the term Trotskyite (some will note the currency of that in relation to pronouncements by LP reps far and wide). Entertainingly he uses it in the following context…

Judging from the latest Dáil session, it is apparent that SF and the Trostkyite deputies regard the drawn out process of government building as no more than an interruption of their interminable recitation of all that is wrong with the country. It is for others to come up with workable solutions.

Er… well, this wouldn’t be the same SF that Rabbitte’s own party was so clearly set against dealing with pre-election (and from the rhetoric post election no great change there either).

Meanwhile speaking of Rabbitte’s own party, what’s this? Harsh words.

Meanwhile, for the LP, the prolonged delay in creating a government might ache been a blessing in disguise allowing the party to quietly get its post mortem over, agree a new leader and be ready for the first term of the 32nd Dáil.

Instead the suggestion that the current leadership could stay in situ caused disbelief. There appears to be little awareness of, or regard for, the impact on party activists of such manifestly delusional ambition.


If reports of the internal manoeuvrings in respect of the nomination process are true, they risk attracting ridicule. Unlike party voters and even party members, party activists are the people who are prepared to get their shoes wet out of conviction. They are the people who get out on the doors at election time and often between elections. They are central to the rebuilding project now facing the LP and they deserve better than evasion of responsibility.

Ouch. But hold on, by his own logic surely that means the LP is as bad – or worse given its, from his perspective, self evident virtue – as SF or the Trotskyites [sic]… no?


1. ivorthorne - April 18, 2016

“Er… well, this wouldn’t be the same SF that Rabbitte’s own party was so clearly set against dealing with pre-election”

Isn’t that what you tend to do during an election?


WorldbyStorm - April 18, 2016

Heheh, yes. But one doesn’t have to throw every hostage to fortune over the side of the ship, not if one wants it to keep afloat.


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