Our globally esteemed Taoiseach has long been viewed as a reformer within the ranks of Fine Gael. In a video of his YFG (Young Fine Gael) days that surfaced on social media, he described Fine Gael as ‘liberal enough,’ and positioned himself as a ‘committed European.’
He was always considered a vibrant element of what has been described as the ‘cappucino kids’ faction of the party. This faction attempted to scupper Enda Kenny’s chance of becoming Taoiseach, just as the glittering prize was so close in the aftermath of the financial crash and Fianna Fáil destroying itself on the cornerstone of austerity.
He was a part of the frontbench rebellion in an effort to replace Kenny as leader with Richard Bruton. They were thwarted in this by Kenny and his lieutenant Phil Hogan. However, Kenny was able to put this aside and appoint Varadkar as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in 2011.
Here, Varadkar displayed a fundamental detachment from ordinary Irish life and total lack of understanding of our national sporting psyche. He admitted that despite knowing many ‘facts’ he did not know a great deal about sports because he had not played them or followed them.
He was swiftly moved on to the Department of Health, where his image took a huge hit, however much like the current health incumbent Simon Harris, he became a master of deception and obfuscation while holding this ministerial role.
Despite the thin veneer of a progressive ministerial brief, Varadkar’s legacy in health will undoubtedly revolve around mismanagement and cuts he inflicted on the mental health budget in Ireland. The €35 million allocated for already underfunded mental health in Ireland was cut by a third.
Again, it wasn’t long before the ministerial merry-go-round kicked into gear and Varadkar went to the Ministry of Social Protection. Upon Kenny’s resignation, Varadkar’s covert leadership campaign had already swung into gear, enticing the parliamentary elites to provide overwhelming support against his opponent Simon Coveney.
There is an irony in how Ireland’s very own Blairite Fine Gael candidate for Taoiseach couldn’t command the support of the Fine Gael grassroots in a leadership contest. Despite this, he escaped the derision heaped upon Donald Trump for winning the Presidency via the electoral college system – even though Varadkar seized control through a system that similarly ignores popular vote.
Aided and abetted by a compliant media, he has received very little scrutiny for the lukewarm endorsements (at best) from the rank and file of Fine Gael. The lack of scrutiny has become ever more apparent throughout his time as Taoiseach as Varadkar’s spin machine has gone into overdrive.
The Taoiseach’s Department spent €1,794,678 on PR, communications and advertising in 17 months. In the 15 months before Mr Varadkar’s tenure – when Enda Kenny was in charge – the spend was just €16,200 according to Freedom of Information figures.
Communications spending included creative services, videos, and other content production, along with advertising and buying space in newspapers, online and radio – as well as consultations, recruitment, and information programmes. This is in conjunction with a servile media who are intent on allowing the government to do as they wish across the board.
He represents the culmination of the overhaul of Fine Gael, moving it away from the grassroots and rural membership who once dictated the party line.
He recently committed to initiating a carbon tax in Ireland, mindlessly aping the Macron-led standardising of climate change initiatives which disproportionately affect rural communities. Also disconcerting is that the yellow vest movement across France has not seemed to even register with the Taoiseach as he plans to further disenfranchise the working and middle class.
The economy has seen great growth since the financial crash, yet the same cronyism continues to undermine ordinary people in Ireland along with the housing and labour market. Couple this with Varadkar’s signing of the UN Migration pact and you can see a definitive effort to blur the importance of Irish citizenship and identity, further bringing us in line with the Western norm. Not to mention the effects of mass immigration under the ‘new’ Fine Gael during a housing crisis that is crippling the capital and satellite towns surrounding it.
The final aspect of Varadkar and co’s overhaul of Fine Gael are the missteps from the Irish government surrounding Brexit, specifically it’s willingness to support Brussels over the great exercise of Democracy by the British people. Brussels seems to have his loyalty to the point that the wellbeing of the EU is considered more important than that of Ireland.
However, the facade of Varadkar’s globalist Fine Gael could quickly fall apart when our economy faces harsh realities should a no deal Brexit occur. If the Brexit aid is coming from Europe it may well come with humiliation that makes the arrival of the Troika in 2008 look like a storm in a teacup, and that will see our globalist vanity project come to an abrupt end.