I heard Michael McNamara TD on Clare FM this morning. John Cooke asked him if he agreed with Roisín Shorthall that the tax on lump sum pensions payments could have been higher and maybe Kenny and Gilmore were loath to so do because they will shortly be receiving same. He agreed. Also he sounded very iffy on whether he would vote or not with the government. He is a recent recruit to Labour so could he be thinking of a swift jump to Shorthall and the others? He said like a lot of Labour TDs I have heard that he is going to lobby for changes. If he jumps it will continue the disastrous tradition of successful Labour public representatives going independent.