There's an interview with Micheal Martin in today's Sunday Independent, where he seems to suggest that FF shares similar values to 'old' Labour, although he makes his dislike for the DL faction pretty clear:
Is Martin making a pitch for working class, traditionally socially conservative Labour voters? Or is this about coyly suggesting to the likes of Burton and Howlin that they could have a useful partner after the next election? Whatever the aim, Martin admits that FF became too right wing in government:Like Burton, Martin believes that "we have reached the limits of austerity", and though he does not quite say that old Labour values are Fianna Fail values, it becomes clear that he shares quite a few other views with that party.
The Fianna Fail leader is, however, equally reluctant to do business with an un-reformed Labour of Rabbitte, Quinn and Gilmore, or that "upper middle-class, pseudo-liberal class who came into Labour, took it over and locked the door on traditional working-class Labour''.
But if something were to happen to the Democratic Left wing that has colonised poor Labour, and were Old Labour and its similar values to Fianna Fail to come back, that could be another story.
Certainly, with his call yesterday to move beyond simple austerity, Martin seems to be positioning FF well to the left of where it was under the 'socialist' Bertie.His explanation for the stealthy way with which the contagion of corruption colonised huge swathes of the party is that "politicians in power get soft, they get softer to classes doing well, we got too close to big business, it crept up, it wasn't challenged and it became the norm".
John Drennan: No more Mr Nice Guy from FF leader as he forges own destiny - Independent.ie