Thursday 26 April 2018

The abortion debate needs honesty, not more rhetoric

Leo Varadkar's reluctance to speak his mind plainly about abortion is typical of this Taoiseach's modus operandi, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

On the fence: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hasn’t yet made his Eighth Amendment position clear. Photo: Finbar O'Rourke
On the fence: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hasn’t yet made his Eighth Amendment position clear. Photo: Finbar O'Rourke

Eilis O'Hanlon

Would the real Leo Varadkar please stand up and be counted? Because it's hard to be sure, some days, if the Taoiseach stands for anything at all. What does Leo actually believe in, deep down? What principle would he be willing, metaphorically speaking, to die in a ditch defending?

Don't laugh. There must be something. Mustn't there?

Unless with Leo what you see really is all you get, and that's a slick, managerial, spin-doctor creation, whose ultimate legacy will depend on whether he catches an economic wave and rides its crest during a new boom, or flounders in the choppy surge of Brexit and Northern Ireland and the 1,001 problems that can sink a government.

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