Sinn Féin needs some grown-up policies

Sinn Féin needs some grown-up policies

Sinn Féin's populist message of opposition to austerity, and its constant insistence that someone else can pay, are clearly paying political dividends.

All over Europe, the political maps of the member states of the European Union are being redrawn. Economics are the tectonic plates of politics, and as the economic crisis has moved the plates violently, political earthquakes have followed. France has deposed a sitting president for the first time since 1981. The Dutch government has lately crumbled. Berlusconi, at last, has fallen. The Greeks have turned to revolutionaries and reality-deniers on the left, and thuggish neo-nazis on the right. The Spanish socialists, British Labour -– both thrown out. No government in the eurozone has won re-election since the crisis began in 2008.

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