Voters may look in vain for a party of basic competence
On the desk of every politician should stand a little notice carrying a warning. It could read, "the buck stops here" or, "it's the economy, stupid". Better still, it could bring a message which is particularly apt for members and supporters of coalition governments: "No squabbling in public."
Fine Gael and Labour have disobeyed that injunction and will suffer for it.
They have fallen out, openly, over water charges, specifically a standing charge of €50.