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The equivalent situation in the US would be where a third party threatened the duopoly of the Dems and Repubs and they were expected to unite against a common threat. Would they?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 07:47:42 PM EST
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They always do, but by changing electoral laws to prevent such threats, not by forming a government together. I guess in Ireland the major parties don't get to do that, fortunately.
by IdiotSavant on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 09:30:42 PM EST
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Tried twice in the sixties: lost a referendum narrowly the first time, in a landslide the second time.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 10:41:38 PM EST
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