“He writes some good stuff, but I’d have to question his politics.” That was a comment directed by a third party to a relation of mine before the general election, presumably based on my perfectly legitimate criticisms of the previous government.
An administration that was asleep at the wheel and ran our country onto the rocks deserved the thrashing it got at the polls last spring.
In stating that, the extent of the Fianna Fáil/Green defeat certainly had little to do with any inspirational noises that were made from within the ranks of those now occupying power.
Consider the soaring oratory of Eamon Gilmore in particular and how astonishingly distant a memory his speeches from the opposition benches already seem. The trappings of office appear as effective as a gag laced with chloroform.