Another Leo Varadkar solo run? Feels like it. Yesterday, we had the Eamon and Joanie Show (still waiting on Photoshops).
You kind of get the feeling that Varadkar is frustrated. Right? More and more, Labour are upping on the polls. Be it having an articulate leader in Gilmore or even, as Labour have been so often accused – not articulating how they can achieve Budget savings without cutting back on essential services facing the chop under our current masters, Varadkar has to feel peeved. After backing the wrong horse during the heave, are we just witnessing Varadkar scrambling for scraps by engaging in solo runs?
Varadkar and Burton are constituency mates. The number of Dail seats in the next election is rising from 3 to 4. Dublin West’s remaining TD is Brian Lenihan. Neo-Liberal-hating Socialist Party leader, Joe Higgins has stated his intention to run next time around. Perhaps, it’s another grubby turf war. How unseemly.
I was going to avoid the rush to blog on Flotillagate as the numbers junkies like to blog those topics for extra relevance juice. But fuck it.
This morning, the Israeli Defence Forces stormed a group of boats holding aid. The flotilla – so named by the aid workers activists- was stormed in international waters.
We’re still caught in a media free-for-all where propaganda from both sides is vying for attention.
There are things we know and things we don’t know. Unless you are on-board one of the ships and viewing the scene from an independent POV, you really don’t know what really happened and you don’t know in what order it happened.
You don’t know of the allegations that aid workers activists fired on the IDF. You don’t know if the flotilla carried weapons. You don’t know if the IDF really did take ever step possible to warn the flotilla before boarding and how they did it. You don’t know if the IDF had a shoot to kill order.
A thousand editorials are being written today for a thousand newspapers tomorrow on the storming but there are still so many Don’t Knows. Michael Martin is meeting the Israeli ambassador this afternoon and we can expect the Irish government to respond within hours. Can Don’t Knows really be dispelled so fast?
Labour senator Dominic Hannigan was so blessed. TDs Rory O’Hanlon and Margaret Conlon were also stuck in the house of fun.
Hannigan tweeted with aplomb how the army had to step in and save the day!