Monday October 26, 2020

Pat Rabbitte: Labour’s alternative voice drowned out by protest politics

The golden age of social democracy in Europe is over, and that means any party from that tradition will struggle to keep its values in government

28th February, 2016
Joan Burton may survive as head of Labour Pic:RollingNews

I think it was Joe Higgins who originated, with magnificent disdain, the term “the establishment parties”.

Notwithstanding what he might say, I doubt he ever envisaged “the establishment parties” being downsized to the extent seen in Election 2016. Smaller parties have come and gone since independence, but the traditional

parties of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour have alternated power since the state was founded.

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