Monday 11 December 2017

So far, so good, but we must keep going

THERE is no hard and fast rule on how long honeymoons should last. A lifetime, say romantics: until the journey home, said the cynical old cartoon character Andy Capp. It is never a lifetime for governments.

Experience shows the best they can hope for is a mid-term crisis followed by recovery which might give victory in the next election. But the general view is that it is a bad sign if a new government's popularity does not last at least 100 days.

To judge from today's Irish Independent opinion poll, the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government has passed that test. The honeymoon is still on. The larger party has gained since the election and the once-derided Enda Kenny has the approval of a remarkable two-thirds of the electorate. What this means for both government and public, is difficult to say.

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