The biggest card played again and again by FG is that they are the "only" party we can trust to ensure FF are put out of office. But given they may end up 2nd next time out to LP, would they be able to pass up the office of Taoiseach, if they could dress up a FG/FF coalition as "in the national interest"?
I've asked this recently, and been told that it meant I didn't understand FG. Now it appears, I'm not the only one. Brian Hayes today is quoted in the Indo as saying that a "unity" govt - including FF "makes sense" if formed after the next GE.
Cross-party coalition 'makes sense' - National News, Breaking News - Independent.ie
So, where does this leave us? If a party spokesperson is saying this before the election, are we really to believe that they wouldn't take FF support after an election, particularly when it's their only way of getting the top job, and where Independent Newspapers are arguing for them to "bury civil war politics" in the "national interest" - following a change of leadership in FF of course."I think because the difficulties are so severe for the country at the moment... it may well make sense that a national government would be made up of the three principal parties in Dail Eireann after a general election and after the public have voted and given a mandate to the particular parties," he said
Who was Alan Shatter cuddling when he read that this morning, one wonders.....