The Big Debate: Varadkar v Martin

Baron von Biffo

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Well tonight's the night.

The first debate of the GE will be between the two contenders for the top job chaired by Pat Kenny on Virgin One at 9.30.

Varadkar has the considerable advantage of being the incumbent. He has access to all the information and there's no disputing his considerable mastery of detail. He should do well when it comes to articulating policy.

Also on his side is his youth and his being the more photogenic of the pair.

Against that is the perception of him as being cold and lacking empathy. He also has form for making unforced errors as evidenced in his comments on the injured homeless man in Dublin.

Martin proved himself to be by far the best debater of all the party leaders in the last two elections. He has the ability to remain cool which helped him to take FF from devastation to the brink of being the largest party after just two Dail terms.

He also has an instinctive ability to say the right thing as seen in his response to Varadkar's comments on the homeless man.

On the negative side his ministerial experience was marked by a reputation for dithering and Varadkar will be keen to remind him that he served in the cabinets that plunged us into recession.

This being the first debate the protagonists might play it cautiously and they're quite evenly matched. If Varadkar doesn't go off piste it's likely to be a draw.
 


james toney

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Pmsl..."they're quite evenly matched" A master of detail?
Both are corrupt liars.....they have proven that time and time again.
Thanks for the laugh though.
 

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Micheál is gonna wipe the floor with Varadkar :cool:

The people demand change! (as per the Irish Times poll) and only Fianna Fáil can deliver real change.
 

james toney

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Not sure who is the more corrupt or can tell the most lies....as you hilariously said "both are evenly matched"
 

ShoutingIsLeadership

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Incredible that SF is not represented. Has the Irish media learned nothing about the damage that can be done by excluding the voice of others?

SF will likely have a fair influence on the next Dail and we are entitled to see the 3 protagonists play it out.

SF should play the woman card...There are votes to be had for SF from the plain women of Ireland
 

Baron von Biffo

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Incredible that SF is not represented. Has the Irish media learned nothing about the damage that can be done by excluding the voice of others?

SF will likely have a fair influence on the next Dail and we are entitled to see the 3 protagonists play it out.
Whatever influence they'll have it's an absolute certainty that McDonald won't be Taoiseach

SF should play the woman card...There are votes to be had for SF from the plain women of Ireland
Playing the victim card isn't a good look for a leader.
 

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Former FF PR woman Mandy Johnson pointing out on The Tonight Show that it's the first time since 2007 that we've had a debate confined to the realistic candidates for Taoiseach.
We don't have a president. We elect TDs. And we give preferences to all sorts. We are copying the US and the UK, the former has a presidential system and the latter a FPTP system.
 

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Incredible that SF is not represented. Has the Irish media learned nothing about the damage that can be done by excluding the voice of others?

SF will likely have a fair influence on the next Dail and we are entitled to see the 3 protagonists play it out.

SF should play the woman card...There are votes to be had for SF from the plain women of Ireland
Absolutely, a debate between two guys fundamentally advocating the same policies.
 

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Whatever influence they'll have it's an absolute certainty that McDonald won't be Taoiseach



Playing the victim card isn't a good look for a leader.
We do not elect a Taoiseach.

Pointing out that the female leader has been excluded can be done without playing the victim.
 

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What's going on with Leo's hands, it's like he's signing...he's so bloody insincere.
 


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