John Drennan: Cowen shuffles the deckchairs
A dead hand now guides the tiller
Life is never easy when the economy collapses and old notions of grandeur are replaced by a corrosive cynical despair.
And it doesn't help if a half- defeated people look for alternatives to a leader they believe to be a clown, and only see with a collection of clowns.
Of course, the parallels between the last days of Mussolini and the current state of Ireland are not exact, but when it comes to the great collapse of national morale there are chilling echoes.