Tuesday 17 October 2017

The honeymoon is over, Mr Varadkar, it's time to get down to work

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

It is by now evident that Leo Varadkar is to be targeted this coming Dail term by the Opposition for the level of "spin" associated with his leadership style.

The Opposition has a point. "Style over substance" is one of the criticisms levelled at the Taoiseach, who this summer has been publicly busy running road races, swimming the Liffey, wrapping himself in the rainbow flag and wearing colourful socks.

To which he would retort, and has retorted: "Style and substance". Style, like art, it is in the eye of the beholder - the question of substance still remains unanswered. Until it is, Varadkar would be wise not to believe his own, self-generated publicity.

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