It seems probable that SF will be a junior coalition partner within the next two elections if they maintain their present poll rating, so analogies with previous republican parties should help gauge their potential attitude. After the radicalism of Original Sinn Féin's programme in 1918 and the revolutionary period, the subsequent Cumann na Gaedhael administration proved decidely conservative, focusing on fiscal prudence and law and order, rather than social and cultural change. Similarly, the accession of FF was widely feared by many in the professional classes on the basis that the party was viiewed as decidely unpredictable, yet within the next decade, its protectionist economic policies and isolationist cultural nationalism saw the Soldiers of Destiny position themselves firmly to the centre-right. Even when Clann na Poblachta clung most faithfully to its pre-election republican socialism, the subsequent clash between Browne and McBride saw this USP severely diluted and the party inexorably dwindle into irrelevance. Finally, SF's record in Stormont has shown its own readiness to engage in austerity politics when required by political necessity, so rather than the "real party of the left", it seems highly likely that SF in government will swiftly reveal itself to be merely "FF Nua".