Tuesday 17 January 2017

Lucinda changes the game to suit herself

Leaving Fine Gael was wrong, even if the frustrations of Creighton are understandable

Published 10/01/2016 | 02:30

Lucinda Creighton pictured at the launch of the new Renua parrty in Trinity College. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/3/15
Lucinda Creighton pictured at the launch of the new Renua parrty in Trinity College. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/3/15

Lucinda Creighton displayed her gift for attracting publicity this week in a well-timed launch of Renua's election manifesto. Alas, the document was exposed as an amateur affair.

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Apart from hilarious typos and bizarre special pleadings (tax breaks for dressage horses?), there were discredited populist policies like three-strikes mandatory sentencing, and an unwise attempt to infer support for the 23pc flat tax from economists Karl Whelan and Brian Lucey. It ended up with Lucey tweeting: "Dear Renua. Advocating a flat tax as a principle is NOT advocating your batshit crazy low-rate flat tax". Ouch. Enda can sleep easy with this reaction.

But I don't like having to criticise Lucinda because I've a lot of sympathy with her. Call it my weakness for over-identification, but rage and frustration are not strangers to me.

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