Renewal of vows by Government parties is necessary but it will also be rather painful
The Coalition plans a renewal of the vows they swore in early 2011 to love each other, honour the whip, and obey the troika. This is a good thing, as many commentators, including myself, have noted a persistent drift in the Government's approach to policy making since at least before the last budget.
Once the introduction of the free GP care for under sixes policy was announced it was clear there had been a substantial drift in both the quality of policy making and the ability of the troika to put a stop to the exposure of the taxpayer to potentially massive future liabilities via an untargeted giveaway, at the same time as removing medical cards from the needy.
It is clear both to the chattering classes and everyone else that something has to change. The Coalition would like to draw a line under the unfortunate events of the past three months and move forward. Labour is of course anxious to be seen to be leading this change in order to avoid electoral immolation in the forthcoming elections, and Fine Gael are letting them lead this particular reset.