If nobody's happy, it's working – the abortion debate and Irish politics of stalemate

This week it was announced that Fianna Fail will put off taking a decision on the abortion bill for at least another two weeks. A parliamentary party meeting on the bill had been split 50/50 on the issue.

The leadership had wanted to support the government's abortion bill, but a decision has been put back until after Health Committee hearings on the legislation. They are scheduled to take place in a fortnight.

Why rush lads? It's not like your directly affected or a woman, is it?

Whether it's emigration, the economy, austerity measures, bank solvency or the national guarantee, the history of trauma that has beset the nation since its birth has worked out very well for the ambitions of center right politicians with a visionary agenda of stalemate.