Interview with Stephen Donnelly January 20, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Yep, it’s an interview in Hot Press. Conducted by Jason O’Toole it certainly is far-ranging – attitudes to sex and drugs, and of course the Social Democrats. For this unlikely tribune of the soft left certainly has some things to say about that topic:
Some members of Social Democrats told me you resigned because you were unhappy that the party didn’t go into government?
I believe we should have gone into government, but what bothered me far more was a refusal to even enter
talks about government. Our election position was clear: we would talk to any party or group interested in social democratic policies. I gave that assurance to over a million people on the Leaders’ Debate. Call me old fashioned – or naïve – but I take that sort of thing seriously. So yes, it was a contributing factor, but by no means the only one.
Was there any major arguments or tension between
you and the party’s other two co-leaders?
Can you expand?
Starting a political party is difficult, so naturally there are going to be tensions. The party chose, when I left, to engage in some snide nonsense, but that was their choice. My choice was to stay quiet.
O’Toole asks him…
Catherine Murphy told me that she’s left wing and you’re on the right.
Catherine is certainly left of me. I know where I am. But it is described in different ways. I was talking to
one very experienced political correspondent, who described me as right wing on the front page. I said to him, ‘You have seen me consistently for six years advocate progressive social policy and responsible economics. That’s not right wing’. He said, ‘But you’re pro-business!’ I said, ‘I am unashamedly pro-business. But that’s not what right wing means. Right wing means smaller government and less focus on public
service’. And he said, ‘Ah, yeah, but you’re probusiness’. In truth, I am socially left, socially liberal, and unashamedly pro-enterprise.
Some interesting definitions being thrown about there – eh? I like this exchange…
There’s also really interesting stuff to be done in the Department of Public Expenditure and
That’s exactly what Paschal Donohoe said in his Hot
That’s just a taste – there’s a lot more, neutrality, Repeal the 8th, millennials and their hang-ups, the Swedish model in regard to prostitution, fracking and so on. Very interesting it is too.