Thursday 15 November 2018

Jody Corcoran: Is this as good as it gets? For the first time, Varadkar is vulnerable

As a new wariness sets in, the public has no desire to rock the boat or contemplate an election, writes Jody Corcoran

Leo Varadkar. Photo: Irish Independent
Leo Varadkar. Photo: Irish Independent
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

The most hackneyed phrase in politics, when it comes to general elections anyway, is that 'it's the economy, stupid'.

That's never the full story, though, is it? The state of the economy, although important in that ultimately it determines the amount of money in your pocket, can be a blunt instrument to detect what people really feel.

The outcome of close elections most times turns on a far more delicate concept: not just the economy or even the amount of cash in your pocket, rather how those realities and others - health and housing - affect the mood of the nation.

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