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From the normally very cynical and funny Miriam Lord:
Desperate times require extraordinary lines as Leo finds right words

"In years to come, let them say of us: when things were at their worst, WE were at our best".

The right words were there when they were needed most. This was appreciated. For these are frightening times. People are scared. Worried about protecting themselves and the health of their loved ones and worried sick about what might happen if they can't work and pay the bills.

This is where cynicism subsides. When people forget to give out and look instead to politicians for leadership and direction and actually hope it might be there.

On Tuesday night in Dublin, Leo Varadkar did not let them down.

In the run-up to his television address, the national mood stiffened in uneasy anticipation of what bad news he had in store. At 9pm, there would be a rare schedule interruption under Section 122 of the Broadcast Act, which allows the Government airtime for announcements in the event of a major emergency. People were expecting the worst.

There was no big drama from Varadkar. No talk, yet, of military boots on the ground. No unveiling, yet, of immediate plans to escalate the containment measures already in place.

Instead, the Taoiseach delivered a calm and honest assessment of where we are now, the grim likelihood of what will happen next, what the authorities know and what the professionals can do and how we must all play our part in combating this pandemic.

By working together and looking out for each other, we can overcome. It was a masterly speech from a skilled and elegant pen, one for the history books. It was reasoned, very realistic yet reassuring.

There was empathy, clarity and at the end, hope. His powerful words traced a defining moment in Irish life and nailed down the speech of Leo Varadkar's life. This was for the generations.

"In years to come, let them say of us: when things were at their worst, WE were at our best". Some listeners said afterwards that this line - it came very early in Varadkar's 12 minutes -- was when they first began welling up.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 10:18:42 AM EST
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Words of Courage ... replace the WWII enemy by the new invasion of CoV-2 - a foreign entity caught us by surprise. Brexit would return Great Britain's freedom and sovereignty. That's how the Brexiteers won the election ... ill prepared and the NHS underfunded. Soon the Empire will have new nuclear submarines ...

... history tells us how it all ended, coming around @10 o'olock - here.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 12:05:02 PM EST
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The USA could do with a couple of politicians like Leo Varadkar. Especially we could use one in the White House right now.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Mar 18th, 2020 at 09:49:23 PM EST
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He may soon become available, given his party finished third in the recent general election. If he does decide to leave Irish politics, a high profile job with the WHO may be more his preference.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 19th, 2020 at 01:28:17 AM EST
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