Fiach Kelly: Pride comes before a fall for out-of-touch Coalition
HUBRIS cost Brian Cowen and Fianna Fail the first Lisbon referendum in 2008. Months later, the disastrous communications strategy around the decision to withdraw the automatic entitlement to medical cards for the over-70s saw the issue blow up in that government's face.
After those two incidents, it was all downhill for Mr Cowen and Fianna Fail. The public never bought what they were selling, and the downward spiral continued until the party's nadir at the ballot box last February.
There is a lesson there for Fine Gael and Labour. Communicate one or two things badly, and take other things for granted, and the public can lose faith very easily.