Labour made major mistake not backing Alan Kelly
Even a week abroad allows you to absorb the bigger political picture. Brian Hayes spends a lot more time abroad than me, so I'll give him first go.
Last week, Hayes hailed what he called the "courageous" act of Fianna Fail in electing to go into Opposition. His two reasons will be familiar to regular readers of this column.
"Had Fianna Fail gone for the grand coalition, it would have been the end of centre ground politics in Ireland. It would have handed Sinn Fein the mantle as leaders of the Opposition and a presumptive government in waiting."