Though not as bad as some polls suggested, this is, by some distance, the worst election result in Fianna Fáil’s history. At the next general election it is likely to lose its historic position as the largest party in the Dáil, relinquishing definitively a grip on power that has lasted for most of the state’s existence. A political revolution is unfolding before our eyes.
One of the features of modern capitalism, as I have often noted, is its tendency to throw up presentation of all manner of minor, trivial changes as revolution: ‘A revolutionary advance in turkey basting!’. In this case, the main plank of the revolution appears to be that lots of people who voted for right-wing Fianna Fáil are now voting for right-wing Fine Gael. Mind-blowing stuff altogether.