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Nadia's curve ball at critics


Nadia Forde

Nadia Forde

Nadia Forde

* Nadia Forde has emerged from the jungle, and immediately voiced her disdain for those who commented on the fact that she doesn't have the body of a stick insect. "I am not going to let my body become a battleground for people to fight about what a woman should look like," she said. "I haven't seen the comments and quite frankly I don't care. It is my body and I am a woman. I am a curvy girl."

So despite her claims that the albeit relatively brief sojourn was potentially life-changing and empowering, Nadia actually doesn't seem to have changed that much. She was sensible and smart when she went in, and she's exactly the same now.

* With talk of a general election in the air, Fine Gael has apparently sent potential candidates on "Councillor Training Courses", to prepare them for the campaign trail. A media training group has been enlisted to teach these candidates how to come across better on TV and radio, something that cynics might suggest points to the party's continuing failure to grasp one fundamental truth.

The public aren't interested in how smooth and articulate candidates are when being interviewed, and the continuing scandal of TDs fraudulently claiming expenses should alert party leaders that there is only one thing would-be politicians need to be taught. Honesty.