From blueshirts to polo shirts: Fine Gael’s long, strange trip

From blueshirts to polo shirts: Fine Gael’s long, strange trip

The old party has been quietly hijacked by a new breed of politically ambitious and philosophically flexible individuals

It’s one of my favourite epigrammatic political moments, and it comes from my childhood of black and white television. There was British prime minister Harold Macmillan – one of the last great Tory grandee leaders – all dressed up in shooting coat and boots and heading for the grouse moors when he was ambushed by the press. His then administration was lurching from crisis to crisis and when asked by the reporters what he feared might be coming next, he memorably replied: “Events, dear boy, events.”

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