Taoiseach says he is not clinging to power - RT NewsMr Kitt added, however, that he will not vote for Brian Cowen when the leadership issue comes up for discussion after Budget day on 7 December.
Another Fianna Fáil TD, Michael O'Kennedy, said his party needs a change of leadership but first of all the Budget, the four-year plan and EU/IMF negotiations must be completed.
Fianna Fáil backbenchers are lining up to have it both ways in relation to the party leadership. They are happy to keep Brian Cowen as leader for the budget. However, as soon as he is used up, they will dispose of him and put in a new leader.
What's worse is that they may not even call an election immediately, but allow Brian Cowen to remain on as Taoiseach in a chairman capacity until the "budgetary process" is over so as to ensure certainty, stability and the like. Thus, the new leader of FF would have a certain amount of leeway and cover to prepare for the election while Cowen as taoiseach is completely scapegoated and fed to the dogs.
So it seems that while Brian Cowen may not be good enough for FF he certainly is good enough for the rest us. If FF don't like their leader then that's fine. Get rid of him and call an election. Or they can stick with him and ride it out. But a situation where they change their leader while Brian Cowen remains on in a chairman capacity would be intolerable.