Monday 23 April 2018

The Corbyn Effect may spark a right old Left ding-dong in Irish politics

The election of Jeremy Corbyn has changed the British political landscape
The election of Jeremy Corbyn has changed the British political landscape
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

The Corbyn Effect - which is rattling the windows of the British establishment like a political El Nino right now - looks set to make its presence felt in Irish politics also.

A short while before Jeremy Corbyn, the new hard-left leader of the British Labour Party, launched into his first Prime Minister's question time in the House of Commons, there came an announcement from the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) and People Before Profit (PBP) that they are joining forces with the intention of running up to 40 candidates in the next general election.

In a statement posted on the website of the PBP's Richard Boyd Barrett, the new alliance - which will adopt the pithy moniker 'Anti -Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit' (AAA-PBP) said it had been formed "in order to maximise the left vote in the general election and the socialist voice in the Dáil".

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