Thursday 17 August 2017

Jody Corcoran: No wonder popularity of 'populists' is growing

In the absence of real change in people's lives, Sinn Fein's fantasy economics will win out

POLL SUPPORT: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams with Louth councillors Tomas Sharkey, Imelda Munster and Edel Corrigan. Photo: Tom Conachy
POLL SUPPORT: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams with Louth councillors Tomas Sharkey, Imelda Munster and Edel Corrigan. Photo: Tom Conachy
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

It is easy to see why people are voting for Sinn Fein and the Independents. In short, Fine Gael has become jaded and cynical, Fianna Fail continues to fall short and Labour wears a sense of entitlement on its sleeve. In a way, Sinn Fein and the Independents are all that are left.

But there must be more to it than that. In fact, the possibility exists that something far more fundamental is happening, that we are, in fact, living through history, the political outcome of which will be a permanently altered landscape.

In two opinion polls last week, Sinn Fein had the support of around a quarter of the electorate and the Independents had more than a third – what Angela Merkel calls the "populists" are more popular than ever and there is little wonder why.

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