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Independent TD Colm Keaveney, a former member of the left-wing Labour Party, is to join the centre-right Fianna Fáil party
Independent TD Colm Keaveney, a former member of the left-wing Labour Party, is to join the centre-right Fianna Fáil party (Íomhá: Irish Independent)

So independent Teachta Dála Colm Keaveney, a former member of the nominally left-wing and socialist Labour Party, is to join Fianna Fáil, a grouping now firmly on the liberal democrat centre-right of Irish politics. Ah, the ever flexible principles and beliefs of Ireland’s political elites. Yesterday a class-warrior, today a free marketeer. And where next for the travelling politico? Well that depends on the opinion polls, doesn’t it.

3 comments on “Your Flexible Friend

  1. In fairness, since when did being in the labour party make one a class warrior, unless it means being a warrior on behalf of the elite classes.

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    • These days that is quite true but there were many in the Labour Party who thought differently in times past. That said the sight of Éamon Gilmore holding a police truncheon from the 1913 Lockout at the Labour conference was enough to make one gag. As if any ideology linked the modern Labour Party to its street-battling antecedents.

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  2. an lorcánach

    there’s precedence there, sionnach – Michael O’Leary (1936-2006) – http://url.ie/khv5 – after all, fianna fáil and fine gael are cut from the same cloth — — did you notice that in the most recent debates for a “third way” that republicanism isn’t even considered? –

    Tonight with Vincent Browne
    http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/41/72471/1/Tonight-with-Vincent-Browne
    Broadcast: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 23:00

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