Updated: 17/07/17 : 04:52:44
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Shinners, rainbows, lambs all in election stew

By Eugene McGloin
Political Editor

FIANNA FÁIL and Sinn Féin sharing a bed in coalition was one of the scenarios examined over the weekend in The Irish Times.

Political editor Pat Leahy gave a serious and informed look-in at how that possibility might play out in either party after the next (inconclusive) general election.

It made a change from the more usual middle class media horseshit which has tried hard (and failed, so far) to 'bounce' Fianna Fianna and Fine Gael into the same bed.

Not confined to media, of course; as Pat Leahy pertinently pointed Sinn Fein itself (and the Left) 100% wanted exactly that to happen last year. 

Think Sheep

Good and all as Leahy's weekend scenarios were, something else caught my eye, something completely different as they say.

It was the advert plonked online right in the middle of the coalition cuddles by Fianna  Fáil and Sinn Fein.

The advert said, simply: ''Lamb. Tasty, easy.'' Think sheep.

Now, few would ever mistake Gerry Adams for a lamb, whatever about making him out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Then, there's Meehawl in the 'last chance' saloon. What'll you have Meehawl?

Lamb if you don't mind. I fancy leading that other crowd like lambs to the slaughter.

Hasten Hopes

That's the theory (and practice!) of ALL modern coalition -- Lib Dems in England, while in Ireland add in Labour and Greens.

Plus a host of smaller parties all I gone to their eternal reward, no longer with us, all devoured. 

There's the PDs (thankfully), Clann na Poblachta, Clann na Talmhan, Progressive Labour, all of whom Dined For Ireland in their day.

But back to the serious side: The changing dynamic is that both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin could have changes of leaders by the aftermath of the next election, even before. 

Those changes would hasten the hopes for a realistic alternative to the Austerity Autocracy.

We have had nearly a decade of that brand, unprecedented in the past 85 years since Dev first took power.

The competing notion(s) up ahead are namely, (a) Fine Gael winning an unprecedented third term or (b) Fianna Fáil losing an unprecedented third time.

Being realistic, Fine Gael would have to pin its hopes on a rainbow, with as many hues and colours as the real thing. It is achievable.

Rainbow Road

Fianna Fáil could go down Rainbow Road too but it is hard to see that just now. 

Rainbow means less room for snouts in the trough.

But yes, it could happen and happen, too, much quicker than we think.