Lise Hand: Oh Lord -- here comes the Pontiff of Pontification
The Taoiseach turned toward Pat Carey who was sitting beside him during the revised all-singing, all-dancing Leaders Questions and uttered two heartfelt words. "Jesus Christ," he muttered.
And there it was -- the clear proof that we're heading for a General Election at the earliest possible date.
Because it was evident from Brian Cowen's aghast expression that he would rather face the rack, the thumbscrew, the iron maiden, the IMF and the rabid electorate, than have to sit through too many more of this extended Leaders Questions, now that a third interrogator has joined the twice-weekly fray.