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    FG are in meltdown, at each others throats and utterly divided, (perhaps even by 50:50). They look utterly unsuitable for govt to the electorate right at this minute. Labour, regardless of poll numbers, don't have enough geographical spread, don't have enough candidates and have no declared policies.

    Is now not the perfect time for Cowen to step up, come across as the solid Statesman, put a plan for recovery to the people and call a snap election?

    If he leaves it to 2012 the economy may recover a little but certainly not dramatically. FG and Labour will be in stronger positions in 18 months. If Cowen called it immediately after today's confidence vote is won, the election would be in three weeks. FG and Labour aren't ready.

    Cowen's best shot is right now.
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    It is his best shot... but he still won't because it is still inevitable that they will lose power. They would have a much better showing than they otherwise might though.

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    to prove that he's even more stupid than Enda

    what was that FF poll rating again?


    17%

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    I think it would be the stroke of the century.
    "All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed , second it is violently opposed, and third it is accepted as self-evident" Arthur Schopenhaur, German Philosopher, 1788-1860.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeDroit View Post
    FG are in meltdown, at each others throats and utterly divided, (perhaps even by 50:50). They look utterly unsuitable for govt to the electorate right at this minute. Labour, regardless of poll numbers, don't have enough geographical spread, don't have enough candidates and have no declared policies.

    Is now not the perfect time for Cowen to step up, come across as the solid Statesman, put a plan for recovery to the people and call a snap election?

    If he leaves it to 2012 the economy may recover a little but certainly not dramatically. FG and Labour will be in stronger positions in 18 months. If Cowen called it immediately after today's confidence vote is won, the election would be in three weeks. FG and Labour aren't ready.

    Cowen's best shot is right now.
    No matter who leads FG the people are BAYING for an election. Bring it on. FG will have a leader to lead the country out of this awful mess.

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    If they were a little higher then it would be an ideal time, I would say though that it might be worth holding on after the 17% rating. Given the bruton debacle, they can only go up. I think that the Govt. must have significantly solidified over the last 3 days

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    No. Wait until 2012 and hope the economy has picked up. They're not going to drop lower in the interim period, there's no benefit to going now.
    I'm living in America, and in America, you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business. Now f***ing pay me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeDroit View Post
    FG and Labour aren't ready.
    Nobody's ready, but Labour are in better shape than FG and FF.

    Bring it on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacko View Post
    to prove that he's even more stupid than Enda
    what was that FF poll rating again?
    17%
    A week is a long time in politics. Alots happened in a weekend! Cowen and FF look strong and united. FG don't. People won't be able to vote for Labour candidates in alot of constituencies even if they wanted to.
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    The unadjusted figure in the polls would be 21%.
    That would mean loss of 25-40 seats.
    The only reason to do so is that the next governement would be short lived and FF + Labour would do the next one.

    There are two things which unite all Fine Gaelers - FF and SF. An election would hve the same effect.

    2012 election.

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