Sunday 25 February 2018

Does political brain Leo truly understand people's emotions?

Political Notebook Jody Corcoran

New leader: Leo Varadkar. Photo: David Conachy
New leader: Leo Varadkar. Photo: David Conachy

Leo Varadkar has ­associated his ­campaign for the leadership of Fine Gael, and the country, with that of the new centrist French President Emmanuel Macron. There is a documentary on Netflix called Emmanuel Macron: Behind the Rise. A key moment occurred 15 days out, at a time when Macron assessed that voters were about to make up their minds. He assembled his team around a large table and enthusiastically urged them to redouble their efforts. Voters would give victory to the candidate who showed that he or she wanted it most: "I know the French people," he said.

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After the leadership election, a question arises and remains unanswered: how well does Leo Varadkar know and understand the Irish people and what we might call our emotions? The question could be asked in reverse: how well do we know Leo Varadkar?

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