What the hell does FOT mean by this, in his opinion article today?
O'Toole doesn't explain any more than this. Does he mean that Labour must try to shift the political axis so far to the left so that micro-groups like the Socialist Workers and Joe Higgins will be seen as centrists? Eh, no thanks.Gilmore’s task isn’t just to manoeuvre himself and a few colleagues into cabinet seats. It is to alter the contours of Irish politics so that the leftward fringes occupy the central position.
As usual with the more excitable/extreme elements of the leftist intelligentsia, O'Toole appears to have forgotten that the rise in Lab support comes predominantly from former FF voters. It is unlikely that these voters have suddenly become Marxist revolutionaries. Perhaps Fintan should go back to cooking himself lobster and quail eggs before he scares away half of Labour's support with his extremist rhetoric.
Gilmore's duty now is to settle for more - The Irish Times - Tue, Sep 28, 2010