Tuesday 16 October 2018

The secret of Leo's success stumps critics

The Opposition is struggling to come to terms with 'charismatic' Varadkar who could secure a coalition, writes Jody Corcoran

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher

There were two attacks on Leo Varadkar during the past week - one referring to his response to eviction-threatened homeowners as a "sick joke", the other describing as Thatcherite his 'welfare cheats cheat us all' campaign during the Fine Gael leadership contest.

The criticism by Ed Honohan, Master of the High Court, may have been heartfelt, but was subsequently reasoned and rebutted by the Abhaile service which provides vouchers for free financial and legal advice for people in mortgage arrears. The 'Thatcherite' attack in the Dail, by the Solidarity TD Paul Murphy, was political.

However, both criticisms speak to what will be one of the main planks of attack on Varadkar between now and during the next election: that he is a heartless right- winger primarily driven by the cold demands of classical liberalism.

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