Government had well and truly backed itself into a corner on water charges over the past few weeks. The 'Dick with the Brick' was a godsend. It didn't matter that the rest of the protesters hold as much responsibility for his actions as do spectators at a rugby match for a streaker on the pitch. CONDEMN or BE CONDEMNED went out the instruction from the Merrion Street spin machine and so it has come to pass. An issue with lots of grey areas has been reduced to a soundbite that puts reason in the fringes and sinister totalitarianism front and center of the political stage.
The stage is set for the best anti-climax since Enda's 'State of the Nation' address less than 12 months ago. On paper, particularly if it's mainstream, the protesters are split, divided, the OTT PC crowd effectively chipped away - on paper.