We in the media get it wrong. And we have been getting it wrong more and more lately; particularly when it comes to politics. Only last week, we got it spectacularly wrong when it came to the formation of government. We wrung our hands about what Green Party members were going to do. We fell across ourselves to hear the voices of dissent within the party and then gravely warned that it would be touch and go if they would manage the two thirds needed to vote for the programme for government.
There was barely a mention of Fianna Fáil. What happened? Green Party members gave 76% backing to go into government to Fianna Fáil’s 74%. Then we moved onto the fantasy cabinet. Twitter and newspaper columns were bursting with predictions from political analysts with the inside line. How many of them had Stephen Donnelly down for Minister for Health and Dara Calleary not getting any?