Pat Rabbitte: Labour must go into government to ensure it’s no longer business as usual

While conventional wisdom says it’s easier to come back from opposition, in these unprecedented times, it would be better to have direct influence on the big decisions

19th April, 2020
Pat Rabbitte: Labour must go into government to ensure it’s no longer business as usual
Labour leader Alan Kelly; party members will wonder whether the last four years in opposition advanced the party’s recovery. Picture:Leah Farrell/RollingNews

No political leader wants to make decisions likely to split his party, not least if that leader is newly elected. And Alan Kelly is no different. He may have a reputation as something of a political bruiser – as well as being shrewd and fiercely energetic – but he is not reckless.

The new Labour leader faces a steeper climb than that confronted by any of his predecessors in the state’s oldest political party. The...

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