As Labour consults survival handbooks, it's less spin, more action that's needed
Back-to-back masterclasses in self-preservation dressed up as democratic accountability were demonstrated yesterday. They could have been taken from 'Survival – The Politician's Essential Handbook'.
The lessons, courtesy of Pat Rabbitte and Eamon Gilmore, came from a chapter advising on measures to follow when electoral humiliation threatens.
Step one: send out a senior figure, preferably a government minister, to address the public directly. He or she tells the people their cries have been heard. Mr Rabbitte did that with an interview with the 'Sunday Independent'.