north jnr wrote:
Would I be wrong in saying twas ever thus?
I thought John Major and his bunch of dribblers and shufflers were prime examples…
Major did exactly the same to wrong-foot his Eurosceptic opponents and the Tories went on to spend 13 years in electoral oblivion.
An Irish general election now would really rock the EU's boat, because the Irish people are angry and want to give their "masters" a good kicking, and the Irish can be very scary when they get angry.
I guess that Cowan (and his backers within the Irish/EU establishment) feel that they just need some time to soft-soap the Irish voters (using their own money) and bring things back to an acceptable equilibrium, just as they've done each time the EU has lost a referendum in Ireland.
I suspect that FF will still take a justified pasting in the general election when it happens. The Irish people will believe that they've made their point but, like in the UK, the EU will have hold of all the major levers of power so it won't make any difference at all.