Tuesday 12 December 2017

Brendan Keenan: Public sector anger has led to Trump-like rejection of elite

SIPTU president Jack O’Connor. Photo: Gerry Mooney
SIPTU president Jack O’Connor. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

COULD it happen here? That was the question after the Brexit vote and, especially, the Trump victory. To which the answer might be: it already has. Like Tolstoy on marriages, every country shows its unhappiness in its own way.

The United States is effectively a two-horse race for the presidency, and anything can happen in a two-horse race.

In Britain, the horses have to be "first-past-the-post," which is normal in horse races but peculiar in elections. It is reckoned that, under a PR system, the right-wing UKIP would have won 83 seats in the last poll. Instead, it got one.

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