Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Don't do it!

Eamon Gilmore

Tonight the Irish Labour Party is negotiating with Fine Gael with a view to setting up a coalition government.  See today's Irish Times.

They would be better advised to construct a broad left opposition, with Sinn Féin and the 4 (or is it 5?) United Left TD's. It would be a good move for Eamon Gilmore to drive such a hard bargain that Kenny can't agree. But the problem is that the prospectus Labour put to the electors was that they would go into government with Fine Gael, not that they would oppose them. So they're goosed either way.

But more goosed if they join the government.  They will go the way of the Greens in Ireland and the Lib Dems in the UK. Will get the blame for hammering the workers. And will deserve to get it.

I see that under the Labour party constitution, the leadership must get the approval of a delegate conference before it can enter a coalition government.  I wonder how lively that will be.

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