The Grumpy Old Men have only themselves to blame
This Coalition won a huge mandate in 2011 and, as this poll shows, is now squandering it, writes John Drennan
The Government can spin all it wants but at the end of the day the clearest result from today's Millward Brown poll is that the political Bo Peeps of Fine Gael and Labour have lost the mandate they secured less than two years ago.
And the bad news for their increasingly terrified backbenchers is that they are displaying scant signs of any capacity to find it in the near future.
The loss is all the more surprising given that in 2011 Fine Gael and Labour secured a mandate that, in numbers at least, resembled that granted to Churchill in 1941.