Lise Hand: There's a writ in the kitchen, Brian. What are you going to do?
It's the 10 Green Bottles Government. One by one its voting allies sitting in the Dail have toppled to the floor, leaving it with a majority which is as precarious as a drunk on a two-legged bar-stool.
So far, the Government has kept the show on the road by heel-dragging over holding any of what were three outstanding by-elections -- but which is now four since Donegal's Jim McDaid took his ball home on Tuesday -- for fear that one of the friendly bottles would be replaced by hostile blue or red ones.
And Brian 'Baldrick' Cowen had a cunning plan -- keep the by-elections on that trusty digital delay, an mear fada, until the spring when the recession would surely be over and the Celtic Tiger would have risen from its grave like Lazarus.