Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ireland and Britain need stability more than ever with both governments broken

Published 14/07/2016 | 02:30

Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair both left their respective parties in very poor shape Photo: PA
Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair both left their respective parties in very poor shape Photo: PA

Britain has a government and no real opposition. Ireland has a great opposition - but no real government.

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That's not quite the caricature you might think at first glance. In Westminster, the British Conservative leader, Theresa May, has moved seamlessly into the job of prime minister.

But since all decent democracies need an able and robust opposition, the problem for Britain right now is that Labour is at a very low ebb. It is divided, infiltrated by extreme leftist elements, and engaged in a destructive civil war.

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