Thursday 23 February 2017

FF leader seems content to rebuild in opposition

Martin will get what he wants: influence on legislation and time to establish his party

Eoin O'Malley

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin Photo: Dylan Vaughan
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin Photo: Dylan Vaughan

In September 1938, Neville Chamberlain worried about an ever more assertive Hitler, sought assurances from him that Germany would consult with France and Britain before any more military adventures. He secured an agreement from Hitler in Munich, declaring their mutual desire to resolve differences through consultation. Chamberlain returned home, waving that famous piece of paper to jubilant crowds, relieved that the threat of war had passed. He told the public that he had achieved "peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time".

We all know what happened next.

Politicians (just like the rest of us) make commitments all the time. Sometimes, we stick to them, sometimes we don't. We don't stick to them when we can't. Much of what is said in election campaigns about who would govern with whom is understandably rendered meaningless by the actual arithmetic of the result.

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