Either the advisors aren’t advising or the advice is being ignored. My odds are on the latter…

There’s a room somewhere in Government Buildings and it is filled with people tearing their hair out. And those people tearing their hair out are either a) Government ministers who can’t believe they haven’t been given better advice from all those special advisors they hired at great expense or b) All those special advisors they … Continue reading Either the advisors aren’t advising or the advice is being ignored. My odds are on the latter…

The tragedy of this pandemic is, that stupidity is contagious as well…

Covid-19. Isn’t it an extraordinary thing that, no matter how many new cases we’re told about every evening, no matter how many surges we hear about around the world, like Leicester, Manchester and Aberdeen – and that’s just next door. It’s worse in Spain and of course the United States. Why? This might explain it. … Continue reading The tragedy of this pandemic is, that stupidity is contagious as well…

We’re at risk from Covid-19 – but it’s all the more serious because of the epidemic of stupidity which is gripping the world

We have elected some eejits in this country over the years. Thankfully, though, our Taoisigh have been sensible men – even if it’s a pity they’ve all been men. But I do lie awake some nights, wondering just how it is that Donald Trump and Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro managed to get themselves elected … Continue reading We’re at risk from Covid-19 – but it’s all the more serious because of the epidemic of stupidity which is gripping the world

Sometimes, silence is the best policy. And when it comes to the Covid App, it would be best if the moaners just stayed quiet.i

It took about ten minutes longer than I thought it would. But the Irish Council for Civil Liberties was pretty quick off the mark raising concerns about the Covid Tracking App launched by the Department of Health. They have previously, of course, expressed serious concerns about the Public Services Card (PSC) as has the Data … Continue reading Sometimes, silence is the best policy. And when it comes to the Covid App, it would be best if the moaners just stayed quiet.i

EXCLUSIVE!!! Leo to allow pubs to open – but only if you can prove you’re gummin’ for a pint.

BREAKING NEWS. In a surprise move today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced an easing of Covid-19 restrictions – but only for some groups. Speaking at a hastily organised press conference where he was photographed with some adorable little puppies and three pensioners*, Mr Varadkar said that, from Monday, some groups would be permitted to gather … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE!!! Leo to allow pubs to open – but only if you can prove you’re gummin’ for a pint.

These Covid-19 restrictions don’t apply to everyone: the stupid are exempt.

Some people, we are told, are getting restless with the restrictions imposed on us all because of Covid-19. There was I hoping that the stupidity around this virus was confined to the United States. But no. We have it too. You can see it every day – the people who think the rules don’t apply … Continue reading These Covid-19 restrictions don’t apply to everyone: the stupid are exempt.

I’m told the sound you can hear is Robert Frost spinning in his grave…

(There are four verses in Robert Frost’s original. Only right I have four too…) THE PUB NOT OPEN Which pub I liked I think you know The virus ruled it out and so I cannot sup at pints of stout  You can order on the web you know I think of rules I’d like to … Continue reading I’m told the sound you can hear is Robert Frost spinning in his grave…

The world’s Top Three Idiotic leaders at this time of crisis. (And you’ve probably already guessed who they are.)

There are many people who could be considered for the title World’s Biggest Covidiot. There are the eejits still socialising on the streets in gangs. The fools cramming people into their homes for drinks parties. And there are the stockpilers who will, hopefully, left with attics or sheds full of loo roll when this is … Continue reading The world’s Top Three Idiotic leaders at this time of crisis. (And you’ve probably already guessed who they are.)

Tonight we applaud our wonderful medical heroes. There are many more we should be applauding too.

I will of course join what I hope is everyone in the country tonight at 8pm as we applaud our doctors, nurses, lab assistants, raidographers, cleaners, caterers, pharmacists and all those who are keeping our hospitals and health services running and keeping people alive. I hope when this is all over, they are somehow rewareded. … Continue reading Tonight we applaud our wonderful medical heroes. There are many more we should be applauding too.

A lesson from my father sixty years ago explains how this damned virus is spreading so quickly

  How does this damned virus spread so quickly? I was listening to experts explaining how easy it is for the Coronavirus to spread through communities. They were saying things like: “If one person who has the virus meets three people and infects them and they each meet three people and infect them well, that’s … Continue reading A lesson from my father sixty years ago explains how this damned virus is spreading so quickly