Wednesday, 10 December 2008

The Shortest Membership in History?

A month ago the Progressive Democrats decided to call it a day. However, their site still has a recruitment section. With the party likely to finally wind-up within the next few weeks as legal loose ends are tied-up, anyone who signs-up ought to drop a line to the Guinness Book of Records as they'll be in with a shout for the shortest lived membership of a political party.

Meanwhile, there have been rumours that a new party could be set up to fill the void left by the exit of the PDs from southern politics. Former PD councillor Tom Morrissey has said he is in talks to form a 'Reform Party', saying that "given the departure of the PDs from the political scene, the Irish electorate will be served in the future by a centre-left Government with either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael as the major partner."

If Cllr Morrissey thinks Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are "centre-left", I think we can take a good guess at where the 'Reform Party' will lie on the ideological spectrum.


Anonymous said...

Fianna Fail and FG centre left - next we will hear that Margaret Thatcher was a socialist!

guinness drinker said...

Mind you I might join - I have always wanted to appear in the Guinness Book of Records and this is a desparate attemd by a saddo!

Ed said...

I think he meant that the governments would be centre left as Labour would be in all of them, alternating partners in a three party system between FF and FG (who would make up the centre of this centre left). That's my interpretation anyway!

Gary McKeown said...


But that doesn't really stack up. Sure Labour aren't in government now, plus the governments they were in weren't particularly centre-left.

I'd interpret it straight as him saying that FG and FF are centre-left, but I suppose we'll just have to guess!