Friday 21 July 2017

Question haunting Labour: will one victim be enough?

Isolation, fear of the unknown and group-think are exacerbating the rifts within Labour

Should she be elected, Burton has the freedom to indulge in an Albert Reynolds-style Valentine's Day massacre of the Cabinet
Should she be elected, Burton has the freedom to indulge in an Albert Reynolds-style Valentine's Day massacre of the Cabinet
John Drennan

John Drennan

Splits within Labour are not unknown, but, generally they have been confined to relatively controllable wars with the militant tendency, coalitionists versus anti-coalitionists or the eternal Democratic-Left-versus-Decent-Old-Labour civil war.

However in the wake of its electoral debacle Labour is now split into distinct factions and there are a couple of subsets wandering around too.

The departure of Mr Gilmore may have appeared relatively civilised but the subsequent power game, and the party the victor will inherit, is a lot less so.

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