The most dispiriting feature of our present discontent is the absence of a credible alternative to the current incompetent, becalmed government.
It may be that Taoiseach Brian Cowen and his cohorts are now incapable of rescuing the country from calamity because of the political capital they have squandered by their bungling.
If that is so - and it probably is - the scale of our peril can be measured by the improbability that any government...
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