Eoghan Harris: Martin must choose either Fine Fail or Flotilla Fail
Last Friday, Brian Lenihan came into the Seanad to process the Finance Bill, reached for his notes, found he had forgotten them, and went on to speak fluently for 10 minutes, covering every major aspect of the bill. The notes were not needed.
Later in the lobby, Fianna Fail senators discussed his performance with rueful admiration. And then added hastily that Micheal Martin had made a good start. So he has, but not by saying sorry or calling for three-way debates and other media distractions.
Before I go further I can hear you say: who cares? The answer is all who abhor anarchy. Without a coalition of centrist parties we are at the mercy of political mobs -- including media mobs -- shouting simplistic slogans and peddling stupid socialist solutions.