Monday 20 November 2017

Radicals or rump?

THE new Reform Alliance, even with its acquired speaking rights, looks too like a rump of Fine Gael to represent a compelling movement for change. Just as Mr Kenny has his own stick or twist dilemma, the Alliance is going to have to realise reform is not merely the preserve of the right and extend its brief to include others such as Roisin Shorthall, John Halligan, Stephen Donnelly, and Colm Keaveney.

The Alliance will claim such acts are not necessary, for they are merely temporary exiles from Fine Gael. However, a widening dissonance is emerging between the language of reform they embrace and their standing as a Fine Gael rump. If it is to survive as a 'movement of ideas' our brave new Alliance is going to have to, to borrow a phrase from another gentleman, be radical, or it will end up being redundant.

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