Tuesday 12 December 2017

Reality and Dáil arithmetic suggest FG retaining power

John Downing

John Downing

I know some people who went out on February 26 and, sick of the sight of Fine Gael and Labour, voted for change. I know others, reassured by signs of recovery, who voted for stability. But we got neither change nor stability.

As we head deeper into week seven without a government, we know that we have merely got stalemate. It was never reasonable to expect that this crazy Dáil configuration could have given us a quick outcome on government formation.

Our model of government, going back to the 1920s, was based on the adversarial system, with a government empowered by an overall majority driving things on. The political diversity of this 32nd Dáil is nothing like that.

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