Opinion polls and leadership

Tue, Aug 19, 2014, 01:05

Sir, – Now that Labour’s support has doubled, according to the first poll since their change of leadership, is there any chance that Fine Gael might take a leaf out of its book?

There are some very capable politicians in the party, and any one of these would be better than an increasingly remote Taoiseach who is either unwilling or unable to engage in public debate. The extent of his communication with the public, apart from his stock-in-trade soundbites, seems only to consist of scripted speeches in the Dáil – along with the same old repeated putdowns of the Opposition.

Labour’s dumping of the old guard seems to be paying off, so where better to start in Fine Gael than with the current “Father of the Dáil”? – Yours, etc,

NORMAN DAVIES,

Belton Terrace,

Bray, Co Wicklow.