Probably best to put away the posters… February 14, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…for the moment. If Kenny can fend off questions about ‘giving the wrong information about his contacts with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone’ he will likely be fine. Embarrassing but vastly less so than the spectacle opening up ahead if he tried to brazen it out. Moreover from the moment a public tribunal was announced it seemed clear that the Government was comfortable with the process as is – that stories, as it were were straight, etc.
The currency of political scandal is the offering of heads. Decapitation is cathartic for everyone – politicians, media, public. But if neither of these two powerful women was offering their heads on a plate, then a bigger, more powerful one was not on the menu either.
The Taoiseach will not be resigning either. Nobody who matters to the maintenance of the Government – Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, the Independents – wants to cause a general election. Nobody is ready for it. Nobody has the money for it. Nobody has the stomach for it. But the events of the last week have been notice enough that this government lives increasingly precariously.
That is the size of it. There’s no appetite, let alone enthusiasm, for a change of government. I’d go further. I have sensed from talking to a wide range of people involved in Irish politics a remarkable weariness this last six to eight months. I do not know precisely why. Is it that Brexit and even Trump loom so large that they have sucked up some of the space? Is it the manner in which the government has attempted to park issues? The palpable unwillingness of FF to enter government at this point? Or is it the cumulative effect of a decade of huge effort, particularly on the part of the left(s) that has seen some progress but no real sight of anything that might be termed a complete win.