Wednesday 22 November 2017

Grey man and his soft pink party trapped in corridor of uncertainty

A coldly indifferent electorate really doesn't care too much whether the party lives or dies, writes John Drennan.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore

WHEN the Green Party started to go into meltdown, its opponents used to mockingly cite the old Muppet Show song about "it's not easy being green".

In the wake of last week's Irish Times poll, it appears to be just as hard being red; or more accurately being a soft pinkish sort of red.

Labour adviser Karen O'Connell might have swiftly claimed she was actually talking about the weather when she tweeted about "Black Tuesday" but the equally dark opinion poll ratings which, coincidentally, emerged that morning may yet be seen as representing the signature tune for the drawn-out ending of Eamon Gilmore's leadership of the Labour Party.

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