Annihilation awaits any small left wing party that enters coalition with a big rightist party. The Irish Greens and Labour and the UK's Lib Dems perhaps told themselves they were crossing the political spectrum for the greater good. There was stalemate and the nation needed a government.
But the people - including many of their own supporters - probably saw an act of opportunism by which high-ranking members got a few bums on ministerial seats at the expense of the party as a whole.
No small leftist party should be entering coalition with a large rightist party to implement what will be five years of austerity and cutbacks - not unless they want the thrill of seeing their top people as ministers, followed by a brutal wipeout. Please take note, Sinn Féin. This is a crisis of right wing policies; let the right wingers sort it out.
Greens contemplate a post-election future with Merkel - The Irish Times - Fri, Apr 26, 2013