Does political brain Leo truly understand people's emotions?
Political Notebook Jody Corcoran
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.
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?