Saturday 22 July 2017

As Labour consults survival handbooks, it's less spin, more action that's needed

(L to R) Joan Burton TD, Emer Costello Labour MEP for Dublin and Labour Party candidate for the European elections for Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and Director of Elections, Loraine Muligan candidate for Dublin west By election at the official launch of MEP Emer Costello’s European election campaign. Photo: Collins
(L to R) Joan Burton TD, Emer Costello Labour MEP for Dublin and Labour Party candidate for the European elections for Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and Director of Elections, Loraine Muligan candidate for Dublin west By election at the official launch of MEP Emer Costello’s European election campaign. Photo: Collins
Labour leader and Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore pictured with the Labour Party candidate
Pat Rabbitte. Photo: Tom Burke
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

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'.

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