Thursday 17 August 2017

Editorial: Weary Coalition near to collapse

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the launch of the report in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the launch of the report in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Tom Burke

AS Labour wilt at the very edge of annihilation and Fine Gael bid fair to follow, the Coalition may feel they are well entitled to plead that their current status resembles the legal equivalent of "cruel and unusual punishment".

They may have sinned, but, a Tanaiste and a Justice Minister have fallen on their swords and the shade of political death circles a further half dozen cabinet members. Far from being sated the electorate, though, appear determined to intensify their policy of avenging the death by a thousand cuts they have been experiencing with a thousand cuts of their own. Such, indeed is the pleasure the voters are taking in "putting manners" on those such as Enda who gets far too much enjoyment out of "putting manners" on us no political party is safe, for, having initially dined on Labour, the black death of political unpopularity is beginning to spread among the ranks of FG.

Yet, astonishingly, despite the clear statement of intent by the voters, the complacent political establishment, or certainly the higher echelons of Fine Gael, appear to believe the electorate are merely off on some sort of a frolic. Far from being concerned, the belief up to now is that at some point the incorrigible electorate will return to their senses and return bearing muttered apologies and sheepish eyes.

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