A tale of two Labour parties, both knee-deep in troubles
Labour is in enormous trouble on both sides of the Irish Sea. They're compounding some very difficult situations by very bad decisions.
At noon today, polls close for the election of a new British leader to replace Ed Miliband. Jeremy Corbyn is almost certain to be the victor, and the party seems destined to exclude itself from power for a decade.
Back home, a transfer pact with Fine Gael could copperfasten disastrous opinion poll ratings into an electoral meltdown by alienating former supporters. Both could go the way of the SDLP by being hit by both left and the right-wing opponents.