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Anglo Saxon democracies have a somewhat similar mechanism whereby a Government can declare a particular legislative vote to be an issue of confidence.  This means that it regards that particular issue as so important that it is threatening to call an immediate general election should it lose the vote.  This is usually sufficient to to drag recalcitrant bank benchers back into line as few, if any, would welcome the prospect of precipitating an early general election few people want.

It was the threat of another general election which ultimately forced Fianna Fail to "accommodate" a minority Fine Gael led administration last month. Similarly Fianna Fail have been forced to abstain on issues of confidence such as annual budgets and cabinet re-shuffles for the next three years.

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