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We understand Gilmore only too well

Labour's abysmal standing in the polls is the result of its support for austerity, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 13/10/2013 | 05:00

THERE are people who complain that these days it's getting hard to tell Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore apart. This is nonsense. Enda is the one who runs away from debates and endlessly repeats a string of soundbites written for him by his very expensive advisers: "Five-point plan; hitting our targets; exit the bailout."

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Eamon, on the other hand, is the one who these days hasn't the heart to puff himself up to unleash his trademarked insincere rhetoric: "Frankfurt's way or Labour's way!" Stuff like that.

And Eamon is the one with the worry-creases deeply etched into his forehead. Enda, of course, floats above it all – whatever the problem, his tastefully coiffed advisers have a soundbite with which to brush it aside.

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