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A new dynamic in Irish politics – at least the LP hopes so… April 24, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I enjoyed this in the Irish Times this weekend… Fiach Kelly wrote about the LP conference, it’s first since losing power last year. And it wasn’t exactly an happy analysis. Still, what do people think about this?

The public, after giving Labour a thrashing at the last election, have not yet been listening to Labour. The party has yet to break above the 5-6 per cent mark in opinion polls. Howlin pointed out that the polls have not really shifted for any party, and he was correct. Polls are unlikely to shift until a year or so after an election, since the public is still largely justifying the choice it made 12 months previously.

Uh-huh? Uh-huuuh???



1. Jonah - April 24, 2017

It’s behind a paywall but Conor Brady had a column in the Sunday Times yesterday lamenting the treatment of the Labour party by voters and, more or less, hoping that the ungrateful proles would soon come to their senses.


2. An Sionnach Fionn - April 24, 2017

Some journalists wear their Labour heart awfully close to their sleeve.

Howlin’s play for Sinn Féin voters – and activists – was interesting. Basically acknowledging that SF is now the main party of the Left and that some may need to ride its electoral coat tails for the foreseeable future (lend me your third and fourth preference votes, please).

I can’t see Labour recovering much in its traditional working class heartlands. SF, S-PBP, have that almost sewn up.

It’s a post-socialist party for a certain type of middle-class student. A trainee teacher with very strong views on animal rights. So strong they’d post a very angry meme to their Instagram account but would horrified at the thoughts standing outside Brown Thomas holding a placard protesting real fur 😉


3. Ivorthorne - April 24, 2017

I’ve heard that sometimes those who make poor choices will continue to justify them long after it has become obvious that they made the wrong choice.

Good to see that the Labour leadership realise this. It’s a pity (for them) that they seem incapable of realising that this doesn’t just apply to other, less important, people.


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