Rabbitte told listeners on RTÉ radio's Today with Pat Kenny
"I have no intention of doing any business with Fianna Fáil."
He claimed that he had risked his reputation (*snigger*) on the Mullingar Accord with the Blue-shirts and that he was determined to ensure there was an "alternative government" in place.
In full he said
"As regards the electoral strategy I have risked my reputation as leader in constructing a platform with Fine Gael in order to ensure that the people will have the opportunity of an alternative government, and I have no intention of doing any business with Fianna Fáil."
This will come as welcome news to many Blue-shirts who were afraid that Rabbitte would shaft them in the 11th hour and do a deal with Bertie.
I am sure this will come as a shock to many Fianna Fáil voters who suspected that while Rabbitte was currently in bed with Fine Gael the lure of power and position might lead him over to Fianna Fáil if the numbers didn't add up.
There are a few questions that now have to be contemplated
-If the "alternative government" aka Blue-shirts and Stickies don't have the numbers, even when including the Green's, will Labour dump Rabbitte and Co and go into bed with Fianna Fáil?
The fact that the old stickie brigade has such a tight hold over the leadership it might prove difficult and indeed counterproductive to have a bloodied coup after the election. That said with Brendan Howlin waiting in the wings waiting to strike it really is anyone's guess.
- Now that Rabbitte and as such Labour have ruled out coalition with Fianna Fáil who will the soldiers of destiny (*snigger*) transfer to?
I suspect that this statement by Rabbitte could boast transfers to Sinn Féin since the stickies want into bed with the Blue-shirts. Civil war politics is still very strong in the 26 counties and the hatred between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should not be underestimated.
This election is shaping up to make Sinn Féin king-makers in the next Dáil!
This election just gets better and better, more twists and turns than a Swedish prostitute!