Parties refusing to help form government are part of the problem, not the solution
ONE of the interesting sub-plots in the current saga surrounding coalition formation is the respective positions of the new Dáil's two smallest parties - the Social Democrats and the Greens.
The Social Democrats and its three leaders/TDs - despite saying before the election that they were open to being in coalition - did the political equivalent of taking their ball and going home, saying they would not serve in a minority government led by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.
There was some high-minded rhetoric about Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil doing the right thing. But it was impossible to shake the nagging feeling that the party, which has caught the fancy of the middle-class liberal left, has decided being in government is not conducive to its goal of usurping the Labour Party.