Enda times July 11, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I’ve got to admit I’m a bit surprised at how rapidly the rhetoric in regard to the departure of Enda Kenny from the political scene has been growing. Over the weekend there were various reports, including in the SBP, pointing to a general understanding amongst TDs and Ministers that he would step down soon after the negotiations for government were complete. I find that hard to credit, or rather if that was the line, hard to credit that anyone actually believed it, for if Kenny has one central dynamic it does appear to be a ferocious tenacity in retaining his current office. The IT reported yesterday that:
A growing number of Fine Gael TDs believe Enda Kenny should stand down as party leader within weeks.
Some backbench TDs are considering whether they will table motions on his leadership of the party and the country as early as next week.
But… for this is far from a done deal:
However, the consensus is there is unlikely to be an organised heave against the Taoiseach in the short-term, although this is being discussed by a small group of TDs.
And given we’re two weeks, or actually a week and a half from the Summer recess of the Dáil, I’d put money on everything being long fingered. Yet that rhetoric isn’t coming from nowhere. Oddly enough I’d tend to agree with Leo Varadkar’s analysis when he notes that:
…he did not agree with chief whip Regina Doherty that the Taoiseach should set out a timetable for his departure.
He described such a view as “unhelpful” as it had led to a power vacuum in other countries where leaders had stepped down in similar circumstances.
It has indeed, though coming from the media ‘favourite’ to win the FG leadership no doubt there’s a self-serving element to that as well.
But there’s no question that matters are shifting. The polls certainly are, and whatever value we assign to them, the fact is that decisions will be made off the back of them, particularly if they demonstrate increasing strength for FF, or FG.