I have been posting on this all summer on other peoples threads but it is something I genuinely believe. FG and Labour must rule out coalition with anyone. They must grasp the oppurtunity to consign FF to history. There must be hundreds of threads castigating this government here and yet the only alternative that spoken about is a FG/Lab coalition. This is giving the electorate the easy option. "We'll put FG/Lab in they'll sort out the mess, it'll hurt but that's fine it gives us the excuse to push them out when the mess is cleaned up".
The time for this must be over. FG/Lab are not suitable bedfellows but whether its power hunger or national interest they seem to end up together more often than is healthy. The differences between them after the next election would cause so much friction in a government as to make the proposition untenable. They both have radically differing views on how the economy and public services should be managed and any attempt to shoehorn them together will be a disaster.
They need to honestly set out their stalls, starting shortly, aimed squarely at their own base support with no soft soaping of their more extreme tendencies to the right or left. And then they need to declare no coalition. Tell the electorate that they can either destroy FF or have them back in power its their choice. There will never be a better oppurtunity. The only possible crossover that they might agree is in relation to electoral reform. The clientelism that has made Irish politics so dysfunctional and given FF so much power needs to be removed as a political tool.