Leo's new politics sure looks a lot like the actions of the old guard
Upon being elected Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar promised to create a "Republic of Opportunity" - but failed to clarify that the primary beneficiaries of this glorious new era would be his friends and colleagues.
It's gas really. After all the talk of reform, all of the commitments to new politics and all of the finger-wagging moralising about Fianna Fáil strokes, it took less than 24 hours for the sheen of probity to evaporate from Mr Varadkar's administration.
While international media ooh and aah over our youthful new Taoiseach, casting him as the personification of a liberal Ireland that has escaped the clerical shackles of our theocratic past, the more mundane reality is that it's business as usual in Leinster House, with baubles dispensed to wizened loyalists.