FF’s shift to the left? And the left pressurising larger party TDs… August 25, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Phoenix recently argued that Willie O’Dea is currently the most left wing, one uses the term advisedly, member of FF. And it argues that this is “because of his large working class Limerick City base”. It goes further and suggests that he has been arguing for ‘a lurch to the left’ by FF. All this in the context of FF arguing for increases in the state pension and other areas of social welfare – O’Dea is, of course, FF’s social protection spokesperson.
This is of course tactical, isn’t it, if such a phenomenon exists. And I think it does. FF knows that to win back the broad tranches of the urban, and sections of the rural, working class across the state a pitch to the left is the only way forward. Actually having FG in power to take the heat is no bad place for them. Telling how little talk there is of leadership heaves in the party currently. It’s as if they think it’s only a matter of time. And perhaps it is.
And certainly if any member of FF is aware of the pressures from the left he would be one. His own constituency, a four seater, is one he shares with SF’s Maurice Quinlivan and that unlikely holdout from the Labour Party, Jan O’Sullivan. With Cian Prendiville in the mix no doubt things are more up in the air that he would like. Thought granted, his position this time around was substantially better than the nadir of 2011 though not as good as 2007. Curiously though O’Sullivan’s vote held up somewhat better than might be expected. Anyone able to count for that?
Still this isn’t the only constituency where strong left challenges inflect the politics of the larger party TDs. Any other examples come to people’s minds?