Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Mrs Doubtfire' needs to take his charges in hand

Weakened Labour is facing a Green Party style meltdown if radical changes are not made

Published 20/04/2014 | 02:30

UNPOPULAR: Eamon Gilmore will warn his deputies to ignore the polls. Photo: Tony Gavin
UNPOPULAR: Eamon Gilmore will warn his deputies to ignore the polls. Photo: Tony Gavin

The mind of a Labour back-bencher would be an interesting place this morning.

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Sadly it is unlikely to be a zone of tranquillity for one suspects the interior political consciousness of our startled Labour earwigs is a dark and spooky place full of shadows, screeching night creatures, banshees, hooded figures bearing scythes, paranoia, fear, regret and envy.

The minds of their Grumpy Old ministers will be equally preoccupied for should today's poll figures carry on into the local, European and many forthcoming by-elections, at some stage even among the pacifists of the Labour back-benches some form of political knife-fight will break out.

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