Thursday 14 December 2017

Coalition cavalry rounds up cowboys in Wild West tale

A weak, fragmenting opposition only boosts Fine Gael and Labour in the opinion polls, writes John Drennan

John Drennan

John Drennan

It is a measure of the somewhat greater sophistication of the Coalition that Ireland's exit from the bailout will not feature a reprise of the frolic where, after their first year in power, Fine Gael planned and swiftly cancelled the infamous photo-op where TDs were to be snapped carrying little stars denoting the Government's invisible triumphs.

So far when it comes to the great departure the plans from the Government have been so modest there won't even be a band to see our allies off.

Despite all of that modesty, however, inwardly the Coalition will be singing, for even before last week's Irish Times poll which left the combined forces of FG and Labour at 39 per cent, the Grumpy Old Men were becoming aware of the manner in which they have seized the commanding heights of the battlefield.

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