Green days… May 17, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Phoenix recently made a thought-provoking point.
Despite having failed to get Ryan into a TV debate, or to force climate change into election coverage, the GP managed to turn a 2.8% national share of vote into two seats…
It’s particularly striking when one notes that this is just a little way behind the Social Democrats and hardly more than 1% behind AAA-PBP (though worth mentioning that it’s only .7% ahead of RENUA).
I’ve noted before that in the two constituencies where the GP did gain seats these were ones where there was no strong left or SF presence. Did the GP therefore fulfil the role of a sort of middle-class/other dissent? SF transfers were key to Catherine Martin’s success in Dublin Rathdown.
They cannot, understandably, be looking forward to a second election any time soon, but absent that the opportunity to consolidate their current seats seems feasible. But beyond that what do people think? They’ve stood aside from government this time, which appears sensible. But is there a real chance for them as party that will retain seats or increase them?