Leo's less like Bertie, more like Zuckerberg
Varadkar is not your archetypal Taoiseach, but he would change if the data collated told him he should, writes Brendan O'Connor
There was a fascinating story about Leo Varadkar in the Indo last Tuesday that kind of went under the radar. So Leo is doing some market research among his party members. He wants to understand them better, and see how they feel about things. They are, he tells them, "the heart and soul of our party, and, as someone who came up through the ranks, that is something I never forget".
Leo is reminding all those rank-and-file party members who overwhelmingly voted against him in the leadership contest that, contrary to appearances, he is just like them, just another ordinary Joe who came up through the ranks.
Leo wants to know how they think the party is performing in various areas, so there's a five-point scale from very poor to very well, for them to rate the Government's performance on everything from homelessness to Brexit.