Thursday 21 September 2017

The gloves are off for the finale - but Leo looks the heavier hitter

Leo Varadkar and supporters at the launch of his policy paper as part of his leadership election campaign in Dublin’s Merrion Square last week. Photo: Tom Burke
Leo Varadkar and supporters at the launch of his policy paper as part of his leadership election campaign in Dublin’s Merrion Square last week. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Good politicians time their entry to a GAA championship match well. They often start by going to the end of the ground farthest from where their seats are located.

Then they walk against the crowd to the other batch of gates, sometimes verifying that they are "going right for the Mickey Houlihan Memorial Stand", or whatever it is called.

It's best to walk up the steps of a nicely filling stand 10 to 15 minutes from throw-in, making sure to smile and wave periodically. It doesn't matter unduly if there is nobody they immediately recognise to justify the waves.

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