David Quinn: We weren't the only country caught with our pants down
Our politicians made a show of themselves again this week. The mature and sensible thing to do would have been to let the Government stagger on for a couple more weeks so as to have a proper debate about the Finance Bill.
Rather than do this, the Greens decided it was time to pull the plug on the Government -- over a cabinet reshuffle! Fianna Fail then turned on its leader and ditched him. The opposition insisted we had to have an election in February rather than endure waiting until March 11 and so they ensured this happened.
But if our politicians had managed to contain themselves until March 11, the outside world would have seen us pass the Finance Bill in an orderly fashion -- albeit with disagreement over its contents -- and our democracy would have conveyed a slightly better impression to the wider world than it did.