Friday 20 July 2018

Leo's fatal flaw? Pretending to be something he's not

Media indignation aside, the Taoiseach's latest faux pas suggests he needs to work on his judgment a bit, writes Brendan O'Connor

JOKE’S ON YOU: Varadkar, who has expressed sympathy for Trump, raised serious questions about his judgment
JOKE’S ON YOU: Varadkar, who has expressed sympathy for Trump, raised serious questions about his judgment

It has become customary now for journalists to write that all other journalists need to chill out about Leo Varadkar's comments about the media and to stop being so precious.

This came after a few days when it had become customary for journalists to write indignant pieces about how outrageous it was that Leo Varadkar would attack the Irish media for lacking substance, letting the story get in the way of the truth, and being obsessed with gossip.

Without adding to the high dudgeon, you've got to think though that there are a few questions to be asked here about Leo's judgment, and about his need to remember that he is the Taoiseach now, so things he says assume greater importance. People like the fact that Leo is a straight talker, but he probably needs to make sure he means what he says.

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