Monday 18 December 2017

John Downing: Labour bears brunt of public anger over cuts and that's not going to change soon

LABOUR members and supporters can today reflect that things could be worse. They could be backers of the United Left Alliance or another political group bracketed for survey purposes as 'Others'.

But that is about the only succour Labour can take from the latest RedC opinion poll. Being the smaller partner in a coalition government -- something the party has wanted to be for a decade and a half -- is indeed a tough old station. And all the signs are that it will get a heck of a lot tougher.

True, these opinion polls, published in the 'Sunday Business Post', are a monthly event. And, true again, there is no huge change in these headline findings for October. That, however, may well be the main point about this survey: its ordinariness; its 'political business-as-usual' story.

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