It would seem that the Gombeen men AKA Fianna Fail are back on top of the opinion polls. The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll is the second poll in a week that has Fianna Fail on top following on from the Irish Times poll earlier this week.
The poll that will be in the paper tomorrow has the parties thus
Fianna Fail 27% Fine Gael 25% Sinn Fein 20% and Labour 13%
A good poll for both Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein, not so good for Fine Gael but a disaster for Labour.
It would seem that the trend of parties who become the mudguard for one of the two civil war parties continues unabated.
It happened to Labour after 1992, it happened to the Greens after 2007, it happened to the PD's in 2002 and 2007 and now in 2013 it is happing to Labour again.
Albert Einstein said the theory of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
In that vein I feel comfortable calling Labour insane!
We have European and Local Elections coming up next year and at this rate Labour are in for an electoral hiding!
Instead of cosying up to the most right wing party of the state should Labour not be trying to build a different sort of consensus politics?
I've said it before and I will say it again.
After the next General Election all of the parties on the left and by this I mean Sinn Fein, Labour, PBP, Socialist Party etc should refuse to enter coalition with either Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. Force them to work together and end this charade that they are any different, they are not!
That is the only way that we can build an effective left wing alternative to the failed politics of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.