Friday 18 August 2017

Donnelly should join Labour - Burton adviser

Labour Party would be the ideal fit for a true social democrat who wants to make difference

Stephen Donnelly is refreshingly honest about wanting to be in office - an aspiration that is shared by Labour Photo: Damien Eagers
Stephen Donnelly is refreshingly honest about wanting to be in office - an aspiration that is shared by Labour Photo: Damien Eagers

Ed Brophy

Stephen Donnelly explained that his decision to part company with the Social Democrats last week was all down to the fact that the relationship just wasn't working. As he put it, some partnerships just don't work no matter how hard all of the parties to that partnership try to make it succeed. In other words, there was no 'fit' between him, Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy.

In hindsight, that isn't really surprising. Stephen Donnelly is in politics to deliver on his agenda by being in government. His erstwhile colleagues clearly abhor the compromises of power - preferring instead the comfort of opposition.

My business of executive search - or head-hunting, as it is commonly known - basically boils down to this intangible notion of 'fit'. When placing very senior people into big jobs with huge responsibility we tend not to get that fussed about what degree they got or where they went to school.

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