We need stability - not party political games
We live in an increasingly economic and politically uncertain world. Now, more than at any other time in recent years, we need stable government.
So far our new politics has shown little sign of working. With Budget day just 22 days off we are being treated to a most unseemly scramble by various parties or groupings to put their "stamp" on the package.
Fine Gael backbenchers are worried that Fianna Fáil, underpinning this hybrid minority coalition nominally led by their party, will be perceived as having far too much say over economic policy. Fine Gael similarly fears that the various Independents will also be seen in much the same light by prospective voters.