Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the hustings in Cork.

Seems to be going quite well.

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

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26 thoughts on “Left Hanging

  1. V

    Leo needs to stay out of Cork
    And leave the Blueshirt campaign down South to Coveney, Kelly and what’s left of the Barry’s
    And let the local crew deal with the Dara Murphy fall out

    Jesus t’night the Fine Gael campaign doesn’t know what it’s at
    And they’re the ones that called it

    1. yupyup

      Madness, all the social media and PR money in the world is not worth a jot if you can’t get the bread and butter part right.

  2. Charger Salmons

    This is why I love elections.
    That glorious moment when aloof politicians are confronted with the reality their advisers and PR people have been shielding them from.
    There’s a strong smell of Theresa May’s doomed election campaign coming off Leo already.
    It’s been a disastrous first week.

  3. Brother Barnabas

    has nobody in FG pulled Leo aside and said, “when you encounter criticism or upset on the street, dont fupping smirk at them. it makes you look like a complete mickey”. enda kenny did it too. is it a FG thing?

    1. broadbag

      Bertie was a smirker too, many old Labour gobsheens spring to mind also, may just be the default look of discomfort of the ruling elite.

  4. Lilly

    Obvious that Leo all over social media but still a shock to discover he’s spent €1,794,678 on PR, communications and advertising in 17 months. As opposed to Enda Kenny’s €16,200 when he was in charge.

  5. Fergus the magic postman

    Quick Leo, dig out that photo of you putting a spoon in a dishwasher. If there was ever a chance that it could help you save some face, it’s now.

  6. class wario

    again, it is remarkable how bad the man is at PR despite the carefully curated image as a slick, young doctor and the millions spent on it by FG

    1. 01101101 01100011

      there comes a point beyond where you can’t PR someone’s fundamental personality traits out of it…I observe in him:

      no hint of shame or guilt for his past failings

      a glibness, smartarseness in his responses

      demonstrated self-service (betcha when he’s trashed in this GE he’ll slide onto some major EU or Global gig, it’s already lined up, Taoiseach isn’t the apex job in his head, just watch and see)

      no vocational attitude that I can see, he has no interest in Ireland (just Leo)

      plug those traits above into your favourite browser and see what it answers back

      how would anyone out there believe that he’s there for them, wants to help them, hm?

  7. Kate

    We are lucky that Boris had a decisive victory because FG would be parroting on about Brexit and sidelining hospital scandal, homelessness and truly barbaric murders . Waffling is coming home to roost for FG.

    1. Charger Salmons

      Everyone is lucky Boris had a decisive victory.
      If Comrade Corbyn was in No 10 now the British and by association the Irish economies would already be in deep ordure …

  8. frank

    “we’ve increased the disability allowance by 10 or 15 euro a week”.
    There’s no difference between 10 and 15 euro for the like of Leo Varadkar.
    let them eat cake.

  9. Kate

    We had a polish father hacked to death with machetes in Cork. (Unsolved). A murder in Mallow (unsolved). A homeless man decapitated (unsolved). A student dying on the street. (Unsolved). Are you suggesting FG have a good record on law and order?

  10. Termagant

    I hate this “We know it’s not enough but we’re trying” party line that’s emerging now. It’s a way of at first seeming as if they’re apologetically owning up to their failures, but as we all know when confronted with their failures the current government betrays a very different feeling.

    1. Otis Blue

      Worse still, it’s fundamentally dishonest. FG pursued very particular policies and courses of action that, apart from vested interests, actively worked against the interests of its citizenry.

      And now the chickens are coming to roost.

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