Strange how fiction surfaces more in these kinds of times than at any other. It would be the end of him if he pulled this. Any Minister in FF breaking ranks now will be seen as an individualist and running when the chips are down. I suspect this is part of the reason the Greens are holding firm - if they bale now the electorate will see them as getting out of the kitchen because it was too hot.Rumours in Cork suggest Michael Martin is set to resign. He's unhappy with the direction of the party, and may launch a challenge to Cowen.
He had no problem being blindly loyal to Ahern, did he? Anyway, something more solid than a rumour is necessary here.Good for him.
A refreshing change to see FFer's not staying blindly loyal to an incompetent leader. If FF are indeed going down, why should he stay part of it?
As to whether he would be any better in the hot seat, hard to say, but even if the economic reforms from the budget do work, politically it's been a mess, and FF have to defend against a litany of cuts, instead a smaller number of drastic cuts (or tax increases) might have been better.
Indeed, I should have qualified that with an if it's true, and I hadn't forgotten the unamimity of their defence of Bertie, but if this is true (here's hoping) then I think it's a wise move.He had no problem being blindly loyal to Ahern, did he? Anyway, something more solid than a rumour is necessary here.
Can you think of any Minister coming out recently in support of this budget...? They're all veritable tumbleweeds...I personally would doubt it but that said, I don't recall Martin on the airwaves so much in the last 2 weeks. What he may be doing is seeking support to out manoeuvre Dermot Ahern should Cowen be forced to go to the country in the next 18 months and lose.
That posts sums up what is wrong with FF. It is like some bizarre cult with out unquestioning obedience to the party and the leader the yardstick used for promotion rather than things like ability, talent and experience.no minister will break ranks now they would never be forgiven look at ff history loyalty means alot to the members. id agree with above his lining up supporters if lisbon 2 fails there has to be a election, a bad election there biffo gone
thats the whole point, FF have no eithics, over the last 20 years all their leaders have had to resign in disgrace, or are you saying that FF is changing?The FF tradition of unquestioning submission to the leader is dangerous for the direction of the country and for its economy and public-services and ethical standards.