Over to you, Fine Gael -- just don't screw it up
All the parties have failed to show leadership, but our only chance of change is from within the system, writes Alan Ruddock
If Brian Cowen, the Taoiseach, was not required to answer questions in the Dail every week it would be easy to forget that he was actually in charge of the country. His anonymity between those brief Dail appearances is remarkable, matched only by the barely-concealed tetchiness that characterises most of his public performances.
Throughout almost two years of 'leadership' Cowen has consistently failed to address the people and has consistently failed to offer hope or reassurance during the most devastating of recessions to strike this country.
His failure is reflected starkly in his opinion poll ratings: dissatisfaction with him and his Government is widespread. His failure has had broader consequences, contributing to a growing despair with the entire political system and all who work within it.