Yates shaken by public ire after return from exile
Ex-TD and bookie turned to drink in bankruptcy sojourn in UK
Published 08/09/2013 | 05:00
MARGARET Thatcher once said that a politician's most important instinct is the ability to walk into a room and detect the mood.
It's perhaps a measure of the length of time that Ivan Yates has been out of politics that he so spectacularly failed to predict the venom tingling down the wires into Pat Kenny's radio studio last week.
From his vantage point through the bottom of a glass on the Welsh coast it must have looked to him like he might be the most popular arrival back from there since St Patrick.