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Fabulist Varadkar guilty of survival by distraction

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Reuters

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Reuters

Anthony McGeough is of course right to advise Leo Varadkar to be careful where he throws mud (‘Mudslinging at SF may just open up a can of worms’, Irish Independent, Letters, March 3).

Seeking an investigation into politicians who seem to be “living beyond their means” could end up anywhere, not least on members of his own party. That said, we need to understand what is motivating Mr Varadkar’s behaviour. Perhaps he is attempting to take a leaf out of Scheherazade’s book.

The ‘Arabian Nights’ tells a tale of the Sultan of India who would take a new wife every night, only to behead her the following morning. When Scheherazade became the sultan’s wife, she postponed her execution by telling him fantastic stories, always leaving a captivating ending until the following day. We are told that she survived 1,001 days with her distracting tales. That would seem a plausible explanation for Mr Varadkar’s sometimes strange stories – survival by distraction.