Support for Sinn Fein a triumph of protest politics and anti-establishment cynicism
Polls for the forthcoming Euro and local elections are ominous, indicating a clear shift in favour of parties like Sinn Fein, left-wing protest groups and independents.
This follows a pattern of voters' flight from traditional parties in recent elections, most notably the game-changer of 2011.
The current Coalition is essentially a national government. The only ideology is national recovery, which requires painful and unpopular cuts in public spending, proving catastrophic for the Labour Party in particular.