Friday 21 September 2018

I won't take a lecture from you, Leo

Varadkar's histrionics in the Dail cannot hide the fact that he is failing to tackle inequality, writes Willie O'Dea

Leo Varadkar. Photo: INM
Leo Varadkar. Photo: INM

Willie O'Dea

Where Aesop created the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, the Taoiseach has conjured up the story of 'the boy who cried wolf in sheep's clothing', but with him in both roles.

The Taoiseach's histrionics in the Dail chamber and in the Fine Gael parliamentary party room were extremely ill-advised. In one move, he undid the efforts of his Strat Comms to portray him as a modern philosopher king bestriding the pages of Time and Newsweek alongside Trudeau and Macron.

But he did more. A lot more. To hear the Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, who set up a special €5m a year personal spin unit, warning others that he is "keeping a record of all the promises [Fianna Fail] spokespersons are making" stretches irony beyond all limits.

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