A struggle for consensus
Consensus is generally regarded as achieving broad unanimity -- or widespread agreement among all the members of a group.
This being the case, it seems surprising that Green leader John Gormley would have embarked on an initiative to secure it without first informing his senior partner in the Government.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been less than enthusiastic in embracing Mr Gormley's proposal. The opposition were equally non-committal. Busy enjoying the schadenfreude of seeing Mr Gormley's discomfort as he dangled in mid-air waiting for someone to spare his blushes, they have now moved towards giving his proposal consideration.