Fascinating final analysis from WorldbyStorm of the general failure of the left in the Republic’s elections, and Sinn Fein’s failure to capitalise on it’s achievement of power in Northern Ireland. He targets the party’s ruthlessly pragmatic abandonment of leftist policy, in the immediate run up to the election (here’s the latest clarification of how the party stands on the southern economy).
Maybe people don’t want the left in power, but they want it to act as joker and conscience to those who are in power. That’s enormously unsatisfactory, isn’t it? But it does suggest that Labour, the Greens and Sinn Féin had better come up with a much more coherent approach in the future, one that doesn’t mistake arriving in government with the achievement of their basic objectives.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty