I fundamentally disagree with the narrative that the govt "have done a great job" with covid 19. 1600 plus deaths, the botched job of our nursing homes, the issues regarding PPE with key frontline staff at the beginning of the crisis, 7000 covid 19 cases with healthcare staff, their lax response to clusters in particular in meat factories, spending €300 million plus on that disastrous value for money private hospitals deal that only serves to benefit the super rich
I personally believe that barring the likes of Susan Mitchell of the Business Post, Irish times and the Irish examiner, everyone else working in the public journalism industry are giving far too much of an armchair ride to Leo and the govt here. Remember key decisions about reopening the country or introducing tough restrictions are made by Dr Holohan and NPHET. The govt then just go along with their recommendations.
If Leo and FG are not really putting in the extra mile in these govt formation talks which IMO is exactly what's happening because of their high poll ratings, once again they are putting the party interests ahead of the national interest. Thank God that the Irish Examiner are following this story as you just can't trust the pro FG MSM at all.
I always felt that FG lacked class at the best of times, but if Leo is genuinely determined that a second GE2020 during the middle of this once in a lifetime national health emergency, should take place for FG political gain then that's a new low for Irish politics. Leo is so out of touch with the realities of Irish life once again.
I truly believe that Fg are not serious about entering into a Green and FF axis. If I were a grassroots Green or FF member I would have grave concerns about FG's real agenda here. I haven't got much time at all for FG and Leo in general for a myriad of reasons.
But any attempt to railroad a second GE again in 2020 that I'm sure the majority of the Irish public do not want at this time would be most counter productive for Fg. A massive miscalculation of the public mood IMO that will backfire on them, I have no doubt.