Saturday 10 December 2016

Irish politics is in desperate need of a Jeremy Corbyn

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

The selection of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party should sound alarm bells for the political establishment in Ireland who have reduced politics to various strands of banality, with little sense of overall moral direction or of a real interest in establishing and nurturing a just and fair society.

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We have been fed for years on a diet of political posturing that appeals to our worst instincts. Even the quality of our differences remains clouded in ambiguity and driven by a crude form of pragmatic thinking.

Jeremy Corbyn has come on the scene just as George Osborne, the British chancellor, free from the shackles of coalition government, is engaged in the heartless enterprise of reducing the national debt by slashing benefits provided for the poorest in society while reducing the tax burden of the wealthiest.

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