Governments need to speak with one voice, especially at a time when we are all feeling smaller than the moment. So news of a rift in Cabinet about the lifting - or at least allowing "some give" - in the lockdown, is regrettable.
The rigid controls are taking a toll, but the pandemic an even greater one.
Avoiding a one step forward, two steps back scenario by removing the curbs too quickly has to be a priority.
Tensions are inevitable with so much of what we care most dearly about trembling in the balance.
The Cabinet can only be strong if it carries the people; to do so, it must bring them into its confidence concerning the next steps.
The keys to this are trust, transparency and honesty. There is general understanding we are all learning while traversing unknown terrain. Hardly ideal for strategic planning.
The process of regaining a degree of proximate normality has to begin, and it must be done openly.
The economy has been shunted into the sidings, but sooner rather than later it will have to be put back on the rails. Labour leader Alan Kelly has asked both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to detail how they can "implement a radical programme for government" without tax increases on higher earners.
It is a valid question. But even if we only have half-answers, right now we must press forward.
We need people who will commit to finding the way ahead, rather than searching for reasons to step back; while reserving the right to criticise.
With so much uncertainty, the challenges for policymakers are formidable. All the more reason why a new Government must be formed immediately.
A historic effort is being made to try to support families and help companies.
Unprecedented measures have already been introduced for businesses - but much more will be needed.
To expedite this the new government has to be put together. The unconscionable delays in completing these negotiations are an insult to the national effort.
The framework document produced by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may well be flimsy, but could it really be anything but, as we edge along a cliff-face in a fog of ambiguity?
There seems no alternative but to push spending higher on the back of massive borrowing. Not because this is desirable, but because there is no prospect of a recovery without doing so. Grave risks will need to be balanced.
All of this points towards a bigger role for the State, far greater than anyone could possibly have imagined pre-pandemic.
Delivering on radical housing, health and tax freeze promises will be a neat trick.
Protecting the lives of our people trumps all concerns. The clock keeps ticking: the future is beyond our control; but maximising the precious time we have now is not.
A committed stable government is paramount to plotting our way out.