As long as there is not a major upset, the next Prime Minister of Ireland will be a gay man of Indian heritage, and also Ireland's youngest Prime Minister.
Is this to rejoice about? Leo Varadkar leads the party Fine Gael, which is a conservative political party in Ireland. Varadkar is a free market proponent. A Thatcherite, no less. Strike 1!
Pay unemployed immigrants to leave the country? Ok, not so bad. Pay me enough and I will leave Australia.
Anti abortion? Aren't we all, especially we men. Strike 2!
Anti union? Seems so. Strike 3! He is out.
PS. He wants Ireland to be a country of 'strivers'. That sounds awfully like high achievers to me and reminds me of our former Treasurer Joe Hockey and his phrase, leaners and lifters. How horrid our society would be if it was only made up of lifters and high achievers.
PPS. I expected to find more bad about him but I struggled. I have written the headlines about him. You look at the detail and it may not be quite so bad.
PPPS. Of course one of our best friends is a former conservative politician and he is a decent bloke. We only talk about politics in the most general manner, although I do at times provoke him by calling him Comrade.