Friday 19 January 2018

Bruce Arnold: The Coalition is the only game in town – someone must tell Labour

Colm Keaveney's decision to vote against the Budget is clearly an exercise in nonsense politics.

The disarray in the Labour Party has reached a worrying point, according to political commentator Noel Whelan. He identified the threat posed by it, saying it was big enough to undermine the cohesion of the Government and shorten the lifespan of this Coalition.

In my view, Mr Whelan overstates his case and his judgments are unsound in certain significant respects, which I will briefly deal with. Describing the "current divisions" as "the biggest threat to party cohesion for decades" ignores the serious damage done to Labour by its involvement with Fianna Fail in government, a political episode that did serious and lasting electoral harm, something Mr Gilmore avoided, though only narrowly, in the circumstances of the last election.

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