Saturday 20 January 2018

Sam Smyth: Fledgling George flees the playground of fantasy politics

Sam Smyth

THE reaction in Fine Gael and from his former colleagues in RTE was summed in the first text joke at 2.42pm, less than two hours after George Lee resigned. It read: "George Lee and Charlie Bird are fronting a new reality television show -- Celebrity Big Baby."

Text messages often reflect the public's reaction to political events but the spoiled-baby joke was an insider's jibe. The public's reaction came just minutes later: 83pc of callers agreed with Mr Lee's decision to resign in a phone poll on RTE's 'Liveline'.

And that overwhelming support for the former Fine Gael TD for Dublin South was bad news for the party but a bigger worry for leader Enda Kenny.

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