Monday January 20, 2020

So let’s drop Verona. Or might that stoke the fires of populism?

Populists argue that elites cannot be trusted, and clamping down too hard on ignorant and offensive statements may serve to amplify that impression

8th December, 2019
Verona Murphy’s campaign in Wexford ultimately crashed and burned. Picture: RollingNews

How do you solve a problem like Verona? Fine Gael candidate Verona Murphy made a series of comments during her by-election campaign that were ignorant and offensive. Most ridiculously, she said that Islamic State was "a big part of the migrant population". She apologised, but then, on the eve of the election, released a Facebook video denouncing an attempted "character assassination" by the media.

Fine Gael distanced itself from her comments but did not formally...

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