Friday 9 December 2016

Leo the petulant teen embodies FG's hubris

Enda Kenny and Co might want to consider a change of tack about feeling like the only party fit to govern

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30

Hubristic Minister for Health Leo Varadkar Photo:Gareth Chaney Collins
Hubristic Minister for Health Leo Varadkar Photo:Gareth Chaney Collins

Not for the first time I find myself thinking, 'You know. Dan O'Brien could be right'.

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We'll come back to Dan. But first Leo. Leo Varadkar has now transcended just being a slightly smug middle-class metrosexual doctor with a sense of entitlement. Last week, as we battled with another annual trolley crisis that was entirely predictable, Leo seemed to morph into some version of a truculent south county Dublin teenager. "I cannot pretend to personally manage all emergency departments," was one standout quote. "I cannot invent nurses where they don't exist", was another. Leo, clearly, would like us all to get off his back.

We are annoying him with our constant griping about doctors waiting hours to get a trolley so they can do lumbar punctures on people suspected of having meningitis.

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