Monday 27 March 2017

Sobering thoughts as parties gather for think-ins

John Drennan considers the state of our Government and Opposition at the end of a long, hot summer

SUN KING: Confidence is high in the court of Enda Kenny
SUN KING: Confidence is high in the court of Enda Kenny
PARTY'S IMAGE PROBLEM: Pat Rabbitte of Labour
FEELING THE HEAT: Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
ARRIVAL: Chris Andrews' move to Sinn Fein dominated the party's conference

The autumn party gathering is a curious political patchwork quilt of a think-in, a drink-in and a confidence-building event that often degenerates into a bitching exercise.

Despite ongoing attempts to invite a scattering of intellectuals to take the bare look off things, like the summer school or thinking itself for that matter, the party think-in has declined in status.

One reason may be that too often our think-in has turned into a lock-in and on one famous occasion, a political death trap.

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