Learning to love Leo’s Lycra
THIS was the year in which, through the transformative magic of the ballot box, a conservative young fogey became the hippest thing in politics. Leo Varadkar made the cover of TIME and made all the other countries jealous of Ireland because a gay son of immigrants just ticks all the right boxes. It says ‘we’re indie and hip, set up your tech startup here’ better than any tax break ever could. We were also breathless with excitement at Leo’s leisurewear (which is a branding decision waiting to happen). As far as anyone is concerned Justin Trudeau paid a state visit to go jogging with Leo and we were all on board with that. Then toward the end of the year when he gave the Brexit press conference the very first question was about the tank top he had worn earlier that day. If it had been Hillary Clinton they would’ve screamed ‘sexism’ but since it’s Leo’s lycra we just wanted to hear the answer.