Saturday 18 November 2017

Eamon Delaney: FG can do without millstone of Labour

Any coalition government formed by Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore would need to resist 'government by weathervane'
Any coalition government formed by Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore would need to resist 'government by weathervane'
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

ONE effect of Leo Varadkar's recent outburst about Garret FitzGerald "tripling the national debt" in the 1980s, was to unwittingly remind the public about the potential instability of an alternative government of Fine Gael and Labour.

Garret's topsy-turvy legacy was precisely because he was tied to the high-spending Labour Party -- and this is still the most likely alternative coalition to the present crowd. It is a fact that looms large with the public, especially with the two parties even further apart today, policy-wise, than they were then.

As Brian Cowen's crowd lumbers into another year of unpopular rule, the public must be wondering: what exactly is the alternative? Fine Gael has just recently published a 10-year plan -- an audacious assumption that it will be back in for this period, or else a blithe indifference to the vagaries of future coalition. Did it think about Labour policies at all when it crafted its decade-long plan?

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