Sunday 24 September 2017

Principled policies in search of a party

While the Reform Alliance considers the niceties of procedure, the rest of us have moved on, writes Brendan O'Connor

Illustration: Tom Halliday
Illustration: Tom Halliday

SO, according to the latest polls, the Labour Party is now languishing at 4 per cent. Fine Gael, the main party of government, enjoys the support of just one in five voters, at 22 per cent, which means it is at level pegging with a party that has serious unanswered questions hanging over it about the murder of mothers of young children among other things.

Even Fianna Fail, a party that has been demonised far more than Sinn Fein in recent years, is still in there with a shout at the top, just 4 per cent off the biggest parties.

Now call me crazy but I would have thought all this suggests a major gap in the market. For starters, people hate the Government parties. And for seconders, they hate them so much they are willing to overlook murder and the economic collapse of the country.

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