You know they'll never go away because TDs love a challenge
The election will be pushed further back by unpopular politicians, says Brendan O'Connor
Published 19/12/2010 | 05:00
People love to speculate these days about when there will be an election. In a triumph of naivety over bitter experience, they've been doing it for two years now. It usually goes along the lines of "there will be an election before Easter/ summer/the end of the year". This speculation is usually based on the fact that the Government is at new record levels of unpopularity and the country is at new levels of banjaxedness.
In their foolishness, people labour under the misapprehension that just because the Government is incredibly unpopular and the country is ruined, that the Government is going to do the decent thing and step down. This is to totally misunderstand the mindset of the Fianna Fail TD -- and indeed all TDs.
These guys do not view record unpopularity as a reason to go. To the Government, record unpopularity is a challenge. When faced with such a situation their attitude is: "Let's see if we can make it to Easter/summer/ Christmas, and things will be better on the other side".