It's the economy, Taoiseach - and we are not stupid
Once upon a time, a man in white gloves and a bow tie appeared in a pool of light to caution: No gouging, biting, kicking or hitting below the belt. A bell rang, and skin and hair flew as a heavyweight contest began.
Yesterday's election began in a distinctly lightweight manner as the Taoiseach took to Twitter to inform the nation that February 26 would be polling day. Whatever the prelude, only one issue dominates: It's the economy, Taoiseach - and we're not stupid.
It is the privilege of the party in power to nominate the battleground, and the Coalition partners opted for a narrative built on recovery and stability.