Thursday 23 November 2017

Willie Kealy: FF quartet's performance shows energy – for a change

Coalition's blinkered belief that it can fob us off is going to come back and bite it.

Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

We have had enough of bluff and bluster. Enda Kenny is the master of it, quickly followed by James Reilly. It is no coincidence that these two are seen as the least effective performers in the Government.

It would be unfair to include Eamon Gilmore as a bluffer and a blusterer because, unlike the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health, he is gone beyond the stage of realising what is happening all around him and trying to talk his way out of it. Nowadays, he is just rattling on in a sort of hapless way, which may explain why the Labour Party languishes at only eight per cent in today's Sunday Independent/MillwardBrown poll (compared with 19 per cent in the general election), and why he is the party leader with whom most people are dissatisfied.

But when you combine a blustering Taoiseach and a hapless Tanaiste, you begin to understand why 75 per cent is a pretty static level of dissatisfaction with the Government in our tracking polls for several months now.

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