Sunday 19 November 2017

Clear political choices emerge

Paul Murphy at the Dail yesterday
Paul Murphy at the Dail yesterday
Editorial

Editorial

As we reach the boundary of the Coalition's final year in office, today's Millward Brown poll reveals that a real choice is finally emerging from the chaos of 2014. As Fianna Fail stagnates and Labour lingers in the antechamber of political death, increasingly it looks as though the contest to lead the next government is between Fine Gael and Sinn Fein. Contrary to popular lore, choice is not always a good thing. Fine Gael and its leader have many flaws. But do we want to loosen the dogs of political war to such an extent we slip a Sinn Fein / Fianna Fail Coalition into power via the back door.

Such a possibility is not impossible for, whilst the Coalition may be mounting a modest comeback, today's Millward Brown poll reveals that the dominating theme of Irish politics is alienation.

Outside of the political status of Sinn Fein as the most popular political party in the Republic the most significant indicator of the extent of the people's rejection of the elite is that when 'Don't Knows' are factored in, the traditional big three of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour have the support of barely a third of the electorate. The absence of faith in our political establishment is evident consistently across the board when it comes to the unpopularity of our party leaders and the ongoing state of discontent over key issues such as Irish Water and mortgage thresholds.

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