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Eoghan Harris: A concert of Labour Party lessons, but minus carols

Published 23/12/2012 | 05:00

CHRISTMAS this year is book-ended by two Sundays. So I get two chances to close my political accounts for 2012. This week I want to look at the lack of good politics in the Labour Party.

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What do I mean by good politics? Asked to answer in the abstract, I would argue it's acting with good authority. Standing up to the fat cats or wild cats on your own side.

But I prefer to describe rather than prescribe. Good politics in the Labour Party was defined by the attitude and actions of leaders like James Larkin Jnr, Frank Cluskey and Barry Desmond. Donal Nevin, who died last week, was of the same calibre.

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