The merger of its two main parties is the last thing Irish democracy needs Image

The social origins of our two main parties – FG the more middle-class, FF the more populist and republican – may have blurred, but their context should be respected. And yet the polls suggest there are still many voters who are fed up with the existing system and with the disproportionate pain being visited on the coping classes and the squeezed middle. Instead of creating ‘new’ parties or mergers, why don’t both FF and FG go after this particular vote and ease the pain of our overburdened middle class? Now that would be a breakthrough to celebrate

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