Wednesday 17 January 2018

This is what Labour must do next, according to Alan Kelly

The party needs to be even-handed towards Fianna Fail and kill off the expectation that it will always go into government with Fine Gael, writes the former Environment Minister

Future: Alan Kelly, pictured third from left, with members of the Labour party outside Leinster House Photo: Tom Burke
Future: Alan Kelly, pictured third from left, with members of the Labour party outside Leinster House Photo: Tom Burke

Alan Kelly

A few months ago Labour emerged from five years in a coalition government. We lost heavily in the General Election. We have just concluded a leadership selection. One thing all those events have in common is that they are in the past. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

Instead, I want to look to Labour's present and future - to outline a roadmap that our elected representatives, members and supporters can rally to and work for.

The short-term context is that of a powerless please-everyone, populist government, remotely controlled by Fianna Fáil. The longer term political future is in a society that is profoundly disillusioned by politics and where old certainties of class politics - once a reliable guide to party allegiances - are blurred or gone completely.

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