Thursday 8 December 2016

As junior coalition partner, Labour fell victim to its own opposition methods

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30

Mary Harney led the PDs into Coalition in 1997. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin
Mary Harney led the PDs into Coalition in 1997. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin

Labour's true believers have excellent grounds to argue that they were given savage treatment by the voters in this election.

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They were given 20pc of the action in government, and they collected vastly more than that in voters' revenge this weekend. When we say politics is a tough game, we are vastly understating the extent to which that statement is true.

Many good and decent Labour politicians have fallen casualty amid this. I have looked at politics from both sides of the divide, and have no wish to add to anyone's sense of loss.

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