Fianna Fail must not be allowed to profit from the uncertainty
In the course of Dail exchanges on Thursday, Brian Cowen, who has adopted a trenchant, war-like demeanour since he got the four-year plan and started waving it around like a weapon, warned the opposition over its handling of figures. "Make sure they add up," he said.
He seemed encouraged by the Greens staying with him and by his own dissidents having second thoughts. But this has been achieved by an illusory trick with mirrors. The tricks must be stopped.
His "Make sure they add up" was the most preposterous of war cries. He spent the greater part of his time as Finance Minister finding that his own figures did not add up. He then presided over a Government in which his appointed replacement, Brian Lenihan, did exactly the same.