The nub of it seems to be that the PBPA aren't shedding tears over the split in the SP and sleep wouldn't be lost if Uncle Joe led his remaining troops out of the ULA.
They may crush the flowers, and trample every living thing but they cant stop the spring..
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'Our goal is to conquer state power for the Irish working class'
Pat Rabitte, 1987
"Can I ask whether this is what the men of 1916 died for: a bailout from the German chancellor with a few shillings of sympathy from the British chancellor on the side?"
Michael Noonan, November 2010
The problem with the ULA is not so much inability to agree overall organisational perspectives, as inability to even agree on some useful actions that are not contentious and to carry them forward. The ULA is nowhere to be seen as an entity, even as a broad alliance, such is the fear that it should take legs and outpace any of the main component parties.
It's hard to see the reasoning behind that way of doing it. The allowance was ostensibly brought in to create a level playing field between independent deputies and their party peers. The position of a former party TD who becomes independent is if anything, more difficult than that of a deputy who was elected as an Ind so surely they should have a right to equal treatment.
At the risk of feeding paranoia, brilliant cover on the Phoenix.