Shane Ross: Bruton reveals escape route
WHY did they pick May 31? The choice of such an early date for the poll on the fiscal treaty was always a bit of a mystery.
Conspiracy theorists believed that the Government had commissioned a couple of favourable opinion polls. So the Cabinet decided to make a break for the line.
The conspiracy theorists were right. Unfortunately, the conspiracy was worse than they thought. There was obviously an opinion poll as well. But after Richard Bruton's little outburst on Thursday, the deeper referendum plot has become crystal clear.