Sunday 22 October 2017

We made a fetish of change: now Leo must deliver on it

The Taoiseach's presentation of himself as an outsider has worked well so far - but now we need to see what's really different about him, says Brendan O'Connor

Identity parade: If Varadkar doesn’t change a few things quickly, Fianna Fail will come knocking. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Identity parade: If Varadkar doesn’t change a few things quickly, Fianna Fail will come knocking. Photo: RollingNews.ie
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

The strange thing is that, traditionally, people are thought not to like change. There is a whole industry based around helping people with the difficulty of change. Organisations pay millions to change consultants, and good corporate monkeys everywhere buy books with titles like Who Moved My Cheese?

But, suddenly, change is the zeitgeist. We have fetishised it, the way we have fetishised authenticity. We want change. Young people want change. Things need to change. We need to get rid of Enda Kenny. We need a new generation. We need to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

The French pretty much threw out their whole political establishment and are putting in a party that was only cobbled together in time for the election, with half the candidates not being politicians at all. Not to mention Trump.

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