Voters don't want the return of boom and bust
Given what this country endured after the crash, the economy and the searing scars of austerity were always going to be foremost in people's thoughts. Voters are wiser and far more savvy than they were when we appeared to be locked in a catastrophic spin-cycle of boom and bust.
Dizzy expectations have visited disaster on us once too often, and Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, should know this better than most.
We don't have to journey too far back in time to those now infamous assurances from Fianna Fáil, that had it that "our fundamentals are sound." As the Taoiseach put it himself: "Paddy likes to know."