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How was Gerry 'a man of the people' if he blew €30k a month?

Three months ago, when the news of Melanie Verwoerd's autobiography was announced, she was at pains to point out one thing. "This is not a book about Gerry," she insisted, "This is a book about my life."

Five days after the serialisation started, however, all newspapers are predictably enough still focusing on a single aspect of her story -- her relationship with Gerry. Yesterday, Melanie revealed that he was bitterly disappointed not to be offered the job of presenting the Late Late after Pat Kenny.

Furthermore, he believed that neither of his two perceived main rivals for the post -- Miriam O'Callaghan or Ryan Tubridy -- were up to the job.

He felt that Miriam wouldn't have the strength to handle what he called "the monster of a show", and on the subject of Tubridy, he considered him too young, too intellectual, and not close enough to the ordinary people.

Obviously, such an opinion infers that Gerry considered himself to be none of the above, and the last of these judgements raises an interesting question.

Exactly on what basis did Gerry, with his habit of blowing in excess of €30,000 each month on living expenses, consider himself to be "a man of the people"?


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