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Labour set to be destroyed at the GE

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[font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Stephen Collins: Labour needs 15 seats in order to survive[/font]


[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Since the foundation of the state Labour has averaged around 10 per cent of the vote in elections and about the same percentage of Dail seats.[/font]

[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=medium][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]The election campaign poses one of the biggest challenges the LabourParty has faced in more than a century of existence. Its capacity to exist as a viable force is now at stake.[/font][/font][/size]
[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]As it meets for its national conference in Mullingar today, the mood in the party will be a far cry from that of the final conference before the last election when delegates joyfully held aloft “Gilmore for taoiseach” posters.[/font][/font]

[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Less than six months before that landmark election of 2011, opinion polls were showing Labour as the biggest party in the State. Although support dropped as the election neared, the party still won more than 19 per cent of the vote and 37 seats, and became the second-biggest Dáil party for the first time in its history.[/font][/font]

[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]All of that is a distant memory now as the party languishes in the polls, and the prophets of doom gleefully predict disaster with only eight or nine of the party’s TDs seeming assured of holding their seats. Where did it all go wrong?[/font][/font]

[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]Looking at it objectively it is hard to argue with the fact that Labour has played an important role in a successful Government that has turned the economy around. Instead of being impressed it seems the electorate has turned its back on Labour and is giving any of the credit that is going to Fine Gael.[/font][/font]
[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif]The problem appears to be that Labour’s aggressive performance in opposition between 2008 and 2011 gave voters the impression that in power the party would somehow be able to wish away the economic crisis facing the country.[/font][/font]
[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/stephen-collins-labour-needs-15-seats-in-order-to-survive-1.2515636[/font]


[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Good article and not to far from the truth.  Labour have let down their supporters badly and will pay the prices politically.[/font]
 

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With adverts like Every little helps its staggering how the Labour Party turned on their core values and binned them for a little bit of power.

In hindsight had they left the government they could have done untold damage to Fine Gael and put themselves in good position to gain more votes at the next election.
 

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I'd say the price of the Labour Farewell Tour tickets were way overpriced in comparison to what they are worth.
 

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I guess you didnt see today's Poll where Labour increased their support!
 

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The best thing that could happen to Labour is for them to be hammered in the GE. This will force a clear out at the top and maybe then Labour will become a true socialist party rather than FG lite. This country badly needs some diversity in political ideology to give voters a real choice and so force all of the parties to consider the needs of all of the electorate. At the moment there are no serious alternatives to right wing conservatism.
 

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Art said:
The best thing that could happen to Labour is for them to be hammered in the GE. This will force a clear out at the top and maybe then Labour will become a true socialist party rather than FG lite. This country badly needs some diversity in political ideology to give voters a real choice and so force all of the parties to consider the needs of all of the electorate. At the moment there are no serious alternatives to right wing conservatism.
True, it will also allow FG and FF to join forces and become one party, we could the see a real left/right divide.
 

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[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]The Labour MOS Ann Phelan has stormed out of a live radio debate in Carlow/Kilkenny. In an apparent fit of petulance she took her ball and left the field apparently because no one would listen to her.[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Labour's Ann Phelan tells candidates she's 'fed up with the lot of ye' and storms out of debate | BreakingNews.ie[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]she told her fellow candidates she was "fed up with the whole bloody lot of ye", and promptly left the studio.[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]The pressure is getting to some. Id say Labour are getting the worst of it[/font]
 

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Larkin said:
[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]The Labour MOS Ann Phelan has stormed out of a live radio debate in Carlow/Kilkenny. In an apparent fit of petulance she took her ball and left the field apparently because no one would listen to her.[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Labour's Ann Phelan tells candidates she's 'fed up with the lot of ye' and storms out of debate | BreakingNews.ie[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]she told her fellow candidates she was "fed up with the whole bloody lot of ye", and promptly left the studio.[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]The pressure is getting to some. Id say Labour are getting the worst of it[/font]
Typical moaning and groaning.

At this state of the debate you can understand why Enda calls these types Whingers.
 

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Flamer said:
True, it will also allow FG and FF to join forces and become one party, we could the see a real left/right divide.
That's not going to happen.  You'd be more likely to see FF and SF merging into one party, as they are the same kind of people and coming from the same origins.
 

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I really do hope Labour are destroyed.  They are out and out nihilists, who ruined marriage in this country and want to murder our future generations by abortion.
 

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Tadhg Gaelach said:
That's not going to happen.  You'd be more likely to see FF and SF merging into one party, as they are the same kind of people and coming from the same origins.
The only option is FF/FG
 
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