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James Downey: FF needs an election as much as the opposition

Published 08/01/2011 | 05:00

'Attention has focused on two admittedly intriguing events: the first was the former Taoiseach's criticism of his successor, Mr Cowen, and his breathtaking assertion that he, the Bert,
could have pulled us through the financial meltdown. He broke a basic rule, and a good one: that retired Taoisigh do not criticise their successors.' Photo: Tom Burke
'Attention has focused on two admittedly intriguing events: the first was the former Taoiseach's criticism of his successor, Mr Cowen, and his breathtaking assertion that he, the Bert, could have pulled us through the financial meltdown. He broke a basic rule, and a good one: that retired Taoisigh do not criticise their successors.' Photo: Tom Burke

SOMETHING is stirring in the Fianna Fail undergrowth, but it's terribly hard to see. It reminds me of those nature programmes on television, where you can't quite tell whether you're viewing the birth of a baby elephant or a pride of lions feasting.

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At least on television you have the hushed voice of David Attenborough or some other presenter to guide you. And you have a little reddish light to illuminate the scene. There is precious little light to make the Fianna Fail scene clearer, and nothing at all in the way of wise voices.

You might think they would have their minds focused on the General Election: that they would be thinking about candidates and strategy, preparing to fight over questions like how many candidates per constituency, analysing the opinion polls yet again to find if they have missed something in the figures, and coming up with forecasts of how many seats they will win in the next Dail.

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