Solutions on a wing and a prayer
It is now clear that the strategy of all the political parties is simple -- come together and hide under Brian Lenihan's umbrella, cleverly touted by the Green party leader. Get consensus on the horrific cuts that lie ahead and the body politic as we currently know it will survive. Boiled down, it amounts to "escape together or hang together".
None of the political parties has a clue how to get us out of the mess we are in. Information that the Government is aware of and that is detrimental to its own prospects of survival is given out grudgingly.
Now, they all want to join forces to get the working man, the fool that earns between €20,000 and €40,000, if he is lucky enough to have a job. That's the guy who will shoulder the load that threatens to sink us all. The fiscal faultline is appearing and it may bring something that no government wants.