Should members of the Labour party be wondering why they're performing so poorly in the polls, they could do worse than look at their Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte.
Last Tuesday evening, at a book launch - presumably following on from the Croke Park talks - he joked that he'd just spent another "heavy" day "reducing the living standards of the Irish people".
Is this really a laughing matter? We know that the government has to make hard decisions but I doubt that people already on the breadline will find it funny. It's a long way from his days in the Workers Party.
Rabbitte lured by the one-liner - The Irish Times - Sat, Mar 02, 2013