Monday 29 May 2017

Lucinda changes the game to suit herself

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

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
Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

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.

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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