Our nation's total collapse of faith
Judging by today's Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll in this newspaper, the government of choice for the Irish people would be an all-party coalition led by Brian Lenihan, the Minister for Finance, with Eamon Gilmore, the Labour Party leader, as his deputy.
By a majority of two-to-one, those polled in a representative sample across the country have called for a national government, and the only two politicians who have managed to achieve a majority satisfaction rating are Mr Lenihan and Mr Gilmore. The poll results are a remarkable indictment of the status quo.
The government, despite clearing its self-imposed hurdles of the Lisbon Treaty, the National Asset Management Agency legislation, and the December Budget, is almost as unpopular as it has ever been. Even amongst its own supporters, the government fails to satisfy: almost 60 per cent of Fianna Fail voters express dissatisfaction, but that pales beside the 82 per cent of Green Party voters who are dissatisfied.