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Gavin Barrett: 'Varadkar's border gamble may not prove to be the wisest bet'

Once-respected leaders are often remembered for one ruinous error. So, will the Taoiseach regret his crucial call, wonders Gavin Barrett

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

There is only one duty that really counts in statesmanship - the duty to get the crucial calls right. Notwithstanding the considerable record of achievement of former British prime minister Tony Blair's governments, his leadership is now widely regarded as having been a failure.

This is largely because of one ruinous error: his agreement to UK participation in US president George W Bush's disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq. In the 1960s, another Labour premier Harold Wilson, in contrast, escaped history's condemnation by refusing to allow the UK to be dragged into the growing quagmire of Vietnam by then US president Lyndon B Johnson.


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