Wednesday 19 September 2018

From storms to Stormont, it's all spin to Leo

It seems there are now no issues that are off-limits to the PR image-makers, but we live in perilous times, writes Gene Kerrigan

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

There are good things and bad things about the Belfast Agreement, but anyone treating it as a political poker chip is gambling with other people's blood. And that seems to be what went on last week.

It's now commonplace but unquestionably accurate to say that the Varadkar Government is obsessed with spinning positive images. Whatever the problem, platoons of highly paid advisers work hard at finding ways to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.

Up to now, some of us assumed the settlement - and all its problems and opportunities - was off-limits to the game of spin our government is playing.

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