Saturday 29 April 2017

The Sinn Fein project is shrouded in night and fog

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

THE forthcoming elections fill me with foreboding. This paper's poll shows that a rising generation, abandoned by the Coalition, is about to follow the Pied Piper of Sinn Fein into a future shrouded in fog.

Some commentators believe Sinn Fein will gain a hundred seats. I believe it will do better than that. And most of the dark credit for its success is due to three short-sighted policies pursued by the Coalition.

First, Phil Hogan's redrawing of electoral boundaries will have effects not anticipated by the Labour Party strategists, who privately pressed for larger areas to protect their first preferences. But the changes have boomeranged to benefit Sinn Fein.

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