Labour’s pains: after austerity, not enough prosperity follows
The coalition party expects a shellacking at the polls, but there are some hopeful signs
The Labour Party gathers in Killarney this weekend with angry protesters outside the gates and deeply querulous delegates inside.
These are nervous, twitchy times for Labour. Its experience in government, implementing a severe programme of austerity in the hope that fixing the public finances would stimulate economic recovery, has been excruciatingly difficult, far worse than it has been for Fine Gael.
On its own terms, the austerity has “worked”: the economic recovery is strong and...
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