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Despite all appearances Labour's fate not yet decided

Labour party must learn to play the waiting game, but it must be done with strategic intent

Published 31/08/2014 | 02:30

Brendan Howlin
Brendan Howlin

The similarities between the Prussian Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck and Ireland's new national Queen Mum, Joan Burton, might initially appear to be hard to see.

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But, as she faces into an uncertain political scenario, Ms Burton would do well to be informed by the Iron Chancellor's belief that: ''the ability to wait whilst a situation develops is one of the prerequisites of practical politics''.

Given its history, Labour, understandably, has difficulties with the waiting concept.

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