Monday 25 September 2017

Analysis: Leo must make new friends while keeping old ones

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar. Photo: Damien Eagers
Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar. Photo: Damien Eagers
John Downing

John Downing

Can you remember when it was thought chic to ask questions like: "If Fine Gael was a drink, what would it be?"

It was back in an all-too-recent era when the key parties spent unconscionable sums of hard-pressed taxpayers' money having the "ologists" of whatever variety in to tell them things their predecessors used to pick up from what they heard on doorsteps, and in shops and pubs. Sometimes, those "ologists" delivered the bloody obvious to the power of 10. But, if these soothsayers' prognostications coincided with success, who could argue? So, remembering back, we can wisely say that Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael would definitely have to be an urbane "pint of Heino". And, with all apologies to that august Cork-based brewery, Simon Coveney's Fine Gael might well be a "pint of Beamish".

Before the anti-alcohol police descend, let's move these thoughts swiftly back to politics. The point we need to pursue here is what kind of Fine Gael will Leo Varadkar fashion given his leadership election pitches?

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