Expect name-calling but no debate about key issues

The next general election will be held some time before next summer.

2nd September, 2006

The next general election will be held some time before next summer. The parties will soon start campaigning in earnest. Their research has been done and their lines of attack prepared.

Fine Gael and Labour will criticise government shortcomings in a coherent fashion, while offering solutions to our problems in a vague fashion.

They wish to create the image of effectiveness and coherence, while avoiding giving hostages to fortune by being overly specific in what...

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