Wednesday 23 August 2017

The establishment is dead, long live the establishment. Capitalism has won

Support for Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and the Greens has increased since the election. But the end is not nigh

'As for the election of Trump: if a dodgy billionaire property developer cum vulgar reality TV celebrity now represents the anti-establishment, then the anti-establishment movement worldwide is in greater trouble than it realises' Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci
'As for the election of Trump: if a dodgy billionaire property developer cum vulgar reality TV celebrity now represents the anti-establishment, then the anti-establishment movement worldwide is in greater trouble than it realises' Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

It is time for a reality check. In the General Election last year, the four 'establishment' parties who were in office immediately before, during and after the crash between them won 59pc of the vote.

This has been represented as the beginning of the end of the 'establishment', but it is not. Far from it, indeed.

Throw in various run-of-the-mill Independents - yes, including the Independent Alliance - and you will find that almost three quarters of those who voted last year did so in what might be called a traditional manner.

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