The consensus, born out by all polls, radio phone-ins, the media in general and public sentiment, is that this is probably the most hated and distrusted government in the history of the State.
Yet, the main party in that government is sustained by the ongoing support of the greens and a collection of disparate independents. TDs who were elected by their constituents to represent them. Unless each of these independents represents a constituency that is significently different from the rest of the country, they are maintaining in power those responsible for the half million people without jobs; the black hole that is the banks' bailout; the incompetency that has destroyed the future for Irish youth.
They can only, just like the greens, be hanging in to get as much out of it for themselves as possible.
To use the language of the unions, does this make them 'scabs'?