But then another thought… what about the appetite for a party of the left of centre? January 24, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
It works both ways… the poll doesn’t seem to offer much evidence that a new party positioned somewhere between Labour and the further left is a hugely popular proposition. Again, if we cannot take support for Independents as indicating anything with respect to a right of centre party then likewise there’s no huge evidence of enthusiasm for its equivalent on the left.
Is it simply that people like their left independents to be independent as well as left? There’s a fair scatter of people under that label. Catherine Connolly, Joan Collins, Maureen O’Sullivan, Thomas Pringle, Seamus Healy, Tommy Broughan, Clare Daly, Mick Wallace. By the way that’s one more than the number of non-affiliated right Independent TDs. Not that that means much.
And while AAA-PBP are doing very well having carved out a clear space their own (plural) it remains largely equivalent in terms of polling support to that the WP gained in the 1980s and how much that can be grown in the short term isn’t cleat. Again, that’s actually hugely creditable given the number of alternatives out there, but there’s no apparent historic shift to the established further left. At least not at this point.
Perhaps if an Ogle driven vehicle comes to the fore, or I4C or whoever take on a more cohesive form that will change matters, but the track record of the Social Democrats must give pause for thought. They should, on paper, have a broad appeal but have found it difficult to break out of a very limited range of support.
As always change will occur in one way or another. But whether it will match the hopes of some is another matter.