Hey, we've 3 threads about Kenny resigning/heaved, ignoring the fact that there is a vote of no confidence in Cowen next Tuesday, and he's just been held up as significantly responsible for the dilemma we are in. Surely this debate should be about the next FF leader, or like FF'er keep saying about the oppisition "maybe they don't want to be in power?".
FF until this year, have never been behind not only FG, but also Labour. This is only happened on Cowens watch. On the one poll here Labour were 2nd placed, FF were a mere point behind.
Two months on, FF are now 11% behind the 2nd placed party, FG and 15% behind Labour. Its worth saying again. In third place by a distance of 11%. Thats a bigger percentage than Labour got in the 2007 GE. Cowen has just been eviscorated by two banking reports. His defence has been 'no one would have done better'.
So, FF have a leader who is seen as directly culpable for a large chunk of the mess we're in. Whats FF's alternative?
Lenihan - undergoing serious health treatment.
Dempsey - massively divisive.
Hanafin - capable but battling to hold her seat and recently demoted.
D Ahern - an Iain Duncan Smith, it wouldn't work.
Coughlan - eh....
Martin - has been fairly anonomous in ForAff despite a strong stance on Israel, but relatively undamaged so far by the economy collapse... kept head down.
Martin looks like the only possible replacement, unless Hanafin makes a play. Hanafin could be an inspired choice. Smart, articulate, a bit of resentment athow she was treated having walked the social welfare minefield...
Will any of these pipe up? Will John McGuinness & Mattie McGrath tow the party line after months of pretending to be FF in opposition?