Eoghan Harris: Is Labour's real priority the pensions of its own leaders?
Published 07/10/2012 | 05:00
Coming down from a high after a wonderful weekend at the Clifden Arts Festival. But lo! the dreary steeples of the Labour Party and Siptu loom out of the mist. Let me take a closer look before I go back to Clifden.
All great fortunes are founded on a great crime. And small fortunes are founded on small crimes. Just look at the Labour Party, which committed a political crime by going into Government. By doing so, it gave up its leadership of large sections of the urban working class to Sinn Fein and destroyed a unique chance to make Labour a mass party of opposition.
Joining Fine Gael in government could only be justified if Labour was willing to act with good authority by persuading the public-sector unions to play a part in a social compact which would link cuts in public-sector perks to desperately needed services, like home helps and special-needs assistants.