Coalition must do a lot better while radical rethink on EU is needed
When a student gets 50pc on a paper its meaning can be variously described as follows. He is keeping up. He is not making great progress.
He is not rising above the average but is not falling too far either. He is to be watched with caution and care, encouraged for the good things, told to address as a matter of some urgency the bad things and to look for the development of the inner personality, favouring those character aspects that represent his best options or opportunities and finding the resources around him to favour them too.
Enda Kenny and his government team, the partnership of the two parties, are in that position. They are putting a brave face on what they have achieved. They are making understandable and acceptable apologies for the unfulfilled part of their promised programme at this artificial point of judgment.