Howlin hopes for a 'Labour rising' as movement in flux
It's not much use as a rallying call for an annual conference: Things are awful - but they're pretty bad all over right now.
But Brendan Howlin, whose "post-Easter resurrection party conference" opens tomorrow night in his native Wexford town, concedes that Labour's allies are in flux all across western Europe.
He frankly says that his counterpart, Jeremy Corbyn, cannot win in Britain. Last month Dutch Labour had an election meltdown very like his own party's horror story in February 2016. And his French equivalent party, the Socialists, is busy tearing itself apart ahead of next Sunday's election.