The dangers for FF of supporting an FG minority government. April 13, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Pat Rabbitte, remarkably, makes one good point in a column on the formation of a government. Writing about the dangers of supporting an FG led minority government in the SBP he says:
It is not the October 2016/17 Budget, but rather events that threaten danger for FF. Sinn Fein, with the Trotskyite [sic] left in a noisy supporting role, will torture FF at every opportunity for keeping the government in office. If FF collapses the scrum, the electorate will assess whether the motivation was entirely self=serving.
Ignore the usual rather glib jibes and the central point is a good one. Whether locked into coalition or abstaining tactically to ensure that an FG led minority government stays the distance across a year or two it is indeed FF that will be the focus of the blame. The errors of that government will become its errors, the scandals, or mishaps or whatever will be tied to it.
All that said he seems, by the logic of his article as a whole, to believe that FF will support that FG-led minority government. Interesting.