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Labour contest a seamless transition

Published 28/06/2014 | 02:30

Minister Joan Burton and Minister Alex White at the Labour Party Leadership Hustings at the Mansion House, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Minister Joan Burton and Minister Alex White at the Labour Party Leadership Hustings at the Mansion House, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

The contest for the Labour leadership has been going on so long that one seems to dimly recall that the moderator for the first in the long series of hustings was James Connolly.

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At this stage, the two candidates for the leadership, Joan Burton and Alex White, are reciting their stump speeches in their sleep – in fact, the four contestants for the deputy job can probably recite them as well.

However, by now, the leadership is regarded as a one-horse race, with junior health minister Mr White likely to get better odds on being hit by a meteorite while crossing the plinth of Leinster House than on being crowned king of Labour.

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