Opinion John Downing

Wednesday 18 October 2017

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

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
John Downing

John Downing

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

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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