Friday 19 January 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: The first rule of politics - if the voters need reassurance, then reassure them

Mairia Cahill
Mairia Cahill

Eilis O'Hanlon

Mairia Cahill will make a fine Senator, but the way Labour ran this campaign hasn't left the party covered in glory

Remember: if there's any chance you might be raped or sexually abused, do make sure first that you are of unimpeachable character, with an unblemished personal history, or everything you have ever said or done will be raked over in an effort to belittle your experience and discredit your story.

It was ever thus. "She was wearing a short skirt… she was drunk... she was asking for it." It's even worse now. Formerly, the hostility was confined to a few hours on the witness stand. Now it takes place, night and day, across social media.

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