Shallow spectacle between Varadkar and Martin leaves the audience wanting less |

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'Possibly based on some astute internal party research, Mr Varadkar admitted humbly that he knows that people say that he seems like he doesn't care.' ellenmcoyne on an unenlightening night at the Leaders' Debate

There was no need to adjust your televisions. The preened and image conscious were leading each other on an interminable dance, toying with the idea of pairing up under the thin veneer of being mean to each other. And over on Virgin Media Two, Love Island was on.

"Who owns that coat?" a stressed out woman clad in black cried out, pointing accusingly at a coat rack. A lone, Virgin Media branded microphone stood hopefully in the middle of the floor. Leo Varadkar cast it a sidelong glance as he wandered straight by it."We're not doing a [media] doorstep, are we?" he said to his advisor.Micheal Martin, on the other hand, walked straight to the front of assembled pack of journalists and cameras on his arrival.

Apart from the lucky voters in Dublin West or Cork South Central, nobody watching was going to emerge any more enlightened about which local TD they should vote for. Not many would even glean which party would make a government. This was a purely shallow political spectacle, based entirely on each leaders' individual personality.

The debate then evolved into passive aggressive Reeling In The Years. Fine Gael have had nine years, Mr Martin said. Well Fianna Fáil had 14 years before that, Mr Varadkar countered. This may have worn thin for the estimated 50% of the electorate who have no real interest in either party, and know that combined they have both had a grand aul run of about 80 years.


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ellenmcoyne Nice piece ellenmcoyne. TBH didnt think LV looked very natural or comfortable with the exception of those digs he was getting it. His hands were weirdly independent of his body. He did get unter MM's skin at times.

ellenmcoyne Micheál Martin being butt-hurt over Leo saying mean things about him was the only entertaining and informative part of the whole... thing

ellenmcoyne Here I was just sayin Wouldn't it be funny if they had to put their willies into the podiums and they got a little shock for a wrong answer and sucked off a bit for a right one? I'd watch it

ellenmcoyne That's probably because he doesn't!!!

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