Thursday 8 December 2016

Despite dire predictions, all is not lost for Labour - if the party can hold its nerve

Published 01/12/2015 | 02:30

'The party’s line for the election needs to be that for a balanced, fairer government, vote Labour'
'The party’s line for the election needs to be that for a balanced, fairer government, vote Labour'

Watching Labour TDs' rage over the leaking of internal constituency analysis brings to mind John Horgan's great line about Watergate. If it had happened in Ireland, Horgan mused, Richard Nixon would have stayed in office and everybody would have known who Deep Throat was.

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The outrage among party TDs is just silly. For Labour, of all parties, to be wringing its hands at the dreadfulness of leaks is utterly comical. No party has been more obsessed over the years about what is written about it in the media, but equally no party has been as leaky.

The finger of blame is being pointed at deputy leader Alan Kelly - which is ironic, given he generally makes little effort to disguise his antipathy towards the media - but if party history is anything to go by, there was probably more than one leaker.

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