Ian O'Doherty: iSpy: Everybody else is doing it - why can't I?
So, it looks like we might have a few new political parties in the near future. Lucinda Creighton's Reform Alliance will be completely different to Fine Gael in that it will share a lot of the same ideas, but will be really, really and I mean really opposed to abortion. So, basically, Fine Gael on steroids when it comes to social issues.
But if we're going to have a new centre-right party, it should come as no surprise that Roisin Shortall has been flirting with the idea of a new 'social democratic' party. In a brilliant inversion of Creigthon's alliance of reformers, this left-leaning group will comprise socialists who are democratic and I'm sure you'll join me in agreeing that socialists who are democratic are by far and away the best. In the spirit of compromise that makes Irish politics such an inspiring, conviction-led arena, maybe they could save on the cost of renting an office and simply merge now. I even have a snappy and original name for them -- the Alliance of Reforming Social Democrats.
This will save on costs, as well as offering people who don't vote the opportunity to say that they just couldn't be ARSD.