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Coalition faces a tough choice - trust the polls, or wait till last minute to call election

Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30

Thousands celebrate the Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle
Thousands celebrate the Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle

The author of the song 'Hesitation Blues' did not have a general election in his mind. He very definitely was not thinking about politics.

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And yet those old lyrics suddenly catch the current political mood. Hark at the crucial refrain piece which goes: "Tell me how long do I have to wait?/ Can I get you now?/ Or must I hesitate?"

There is no doubt that the battered morale of the two Government parties was lifted by the solid referendum win.

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