Saturday 18 November 2017

Life in the 'old guard' yet

Madam -- Having experienced 'incoming fire' for more than 40 years, I was not likely to let Eilis O'Hanlon's political infatuation with Sinn Fein's 'boys of the old brigade' and her political loathing of the Labour Party 'old guard' ruin my usual Sunday morning reading. Her comment piece, (Sunday Independent, May 27, 2012), was perhaps too heavy on wishful thinking and too light on analysis.

In my opinion, Labour's old guard knows how to win political battles and, in the words of Colm McCarthy, has some unfinished business with banking in Europe. To me, Labour's 'new guard' has shown over its first 15 months that it is much more than a government in waiting.

In contrast, at his party ard fheis, Pearse Doherty's economic arguments for voting No were clearly fraying at the edges and the leadership of the No campaign had been neatly ceded to Declan Ganley and Shane Ross. Neo-nationalism was the new theme as Mr Adams and Mr McGuinness led the retreat from the doomed No campaign back to the safer ground of 'united Ireland' revivalism.

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