Oliver Callan: Meet the new Leo - same as the old Leo
Fitzgerald fiasco the making of ‘Doctor without Hard Borders’ Taoiseach
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “Varadkar’s rather doctorly brand of self-confidence, often mistaken as arrogance, has benefited him.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
During the last big freeze, in 2010, there was a record temperature fluctuation. The mercury went from minus 13 to plus 12 degrees in two December days. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s dramatic twist in fortunes equal that great thaw. He went from chilly accusations of poor judgement over the Frances Fitzgerald emails issue to Brexit Braveheart in a handful of days. His party is 11 points ahead of Fianna Fáil and his approval rating now matches Enda Kenny’s peak popularity.
It certainly didn’t seem like it at the time, but the Fitzgerald fiasco proved to be the making of Leo, our ‘Doctor without Hard Borders’ Taoiseach.