Closing the door after the horse has bolted

Green Party leader John Gormless has tried to engage in a bit of damage limitation.

Green Party Chairman Dan Boyle predicated that a General Election could be called within the next 6 months because of the challenge with NAMA.

"Getting to January is going to be a challenge," he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.

Dan Boyle said he thought the probability of an election in the next six months was "40:60".

Dan Boyle was speaking after a poll in The Irish Times today revealed three quarters of the electorate would like to see a change of government and shows Fianna Fáil slipping to a record low of just 17%.

In an attempt to appease his Fianna Fáil masters Gormless was trailed out to counteract the statement from Boyle

“I think the odds are against an early election,”

“But it’s very clear that there are a number of important decisions to be made, not least the Lisbon Treaty; Nama legislation; and renegotiation of the Programme for Government.

“These are all very important matters that will decide the future direction of this country.”

A poll in the Irish Times today was stark reading for both Fianna Fáil and the Green's.

According to the poll satisfaction with the Government is running at just 11 per cent, with 85 per cent of voters expressing dissatisfaction with its performance.

When people were asked who they would vote for if there were a general election tomorrow, the adjusted figures for party support, compared with the last Irish Times poll in May were:

Fianna Fáil, 17 per cent (down three points)
Fine Gael, 34 per cent (down two points)
Labour, 24 per cent (up one point)
Sinn Féin, 10 per cent (up two points)
Green Party, 3 per cent (no change)
Independents/others, 12 per cent (up two points).

While the political class in Leinster House are living in their Ivory tower the average Joe is feeling the fallout from Fianna Fáil's orgy with the property developers and bankers.

NAMA is designed to shelter them from their responsibilities; it will place that burden on future generations who had no part in this depraved political ménage à trois!

I'm starting to think that the leaders of the French revolution had the right idea.

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