Friday 21 July 2017

Leo should not fear being his serious self

Leo Varadkar should ditch the tomfoolery and socks and instead embrace his true and matter-of-fact side, writes Brendan O'Connor

Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Is it a distraction from policy? That is the question on the lips of people who are serious about politics. The socks, the Love Actually, even the jogging. Should our Taoiseach not be a more serious man? Like his idols, the men who presided over other great leaps forward, Lemass and Collins.

Serious like who exactly? Like Enda? Eh, hello? Serious like Haughey? One of my first political memories is of being at a Charlie rally in Cork. There were T-shirts for the kids. There was a song. He was greeted like a rock star where the South Mall meets the Grand Parade. And this wasn't long after Jack Lynch was done down. But we had got over it and we were having the crack, a fun day out for all the family.

Serious like Albert? Who appeared on TV dressed like a cowboy exhorting us to put our sweet lips a little closer to the phone?

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