John Drennan: Paddy pays price for Rainbow's bitter defeat
The Grumpy Old Men need to forgive the voters' sin in 1997 if they don't want another 'bit of a shock',
It is always pleasant when political elites engage in ongoing extravagant displays of unhappiness about the failure of the voters to love them in the manner they believe is deserved.
Recently, be it Pat Rabbitte on Frontline, or Pat Rabbitte in the Irish Times or, gosh, is that yourself again, Pat, in the Examiner, the cri de coeur of this administration has consisted of "why will you not love us?"
Sadly, the mood is unlikely to be improved by last week's Red C poll which indicated that with 42 per cent of the vote, the current Grumpy Old Men are no longer, in the eyes of the voters at least, a genuinely national government.