Tuesday 6 December 2016

John Drennan: Nothing is a sure bet in this high-stakes election battle

As the parties gear up for the great electoral war, the only certainty is that all things are possible, writes John Drennan

Published 30/01/2011 | 05:00

THE electorate is angry and fearful and swinging to such an extent that no one knows who holds the winning hand in Ireland's electoral casino. Today's polls indicate that the only certainty in Irish politics, apart from Fianna Fail being poised for le deluge, is that all things are possible.

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Past Irish elections were as simple and static as a 19th-Century battle where both sides lined up, fired their muskets and cannon at each other and went home.

Today's MillwardBrown poll, however, reveals our great electoral war will be fought over an ever-changing battlefront where 'allies' such as Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and the Red Army of Joe Higgins will smile politely as they stab each other in the back.

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