Saturday 18 November 2017

Hostile voters add to Labour's pains

At odds: Eamon Gilmore and Phil Prendergast
At odds: Eamon Gilmore and Phil Prendergast

Liam Fay

A very frank discussion. That's how Eamon Gilmore described his midweek pow-wow with Phil Prendergast, the Labour MEP who views Gilmore's leadership as a millstone around the party's neck.

Candour is evidently a trait that is cherished by Labour bigwigs. Unfortunately, their passion for telling it like it is appears to evaporate at the door of the party's back room.

Once outside, Labour's chiefs actually assume an uncanny resemblance to Jack Nicholson's Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men, gripped by the conviction that the plebs can't handle the truth. Following their fiesta of frankness, Gilmore announced that he will be canvassing on Prendergast's behalf. This public show of solidarity will be just that: a public show.

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