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Statements in the media… good, bad and indifferent… April 5, 2020

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Quite a crop this week.

A good statement, from David McWilliams no less

The Ireland that emerges from this crisis will have “a much more social democratic future,” says McWilliams. “The idea that you will reward hedge fund managers in multiples of how you reward nurses just won’t wash. Taxes will rise. Public services will be much better off as a result.”

He’s absolutely right, those who are at the frontline, nurses, retail, transport, delivery, are fully entitled to much much more than our society and economy has given them previously, though there’s no inevitability about that outcome. It has to be worked towards.

There’s this piece of advice:

US President Donald Trump also said late on Tuesday night that he would urge ordinary people to use scarfs instead of masks so that healthcare workers would have adequate supplies.

“Use a scarf if you want … rather than going out and getting a mask.”

There has been very little research into the advisability of this approach.

And from the same source, what a revealing line in here. Asked whether he’d wear a facemask…

He went on: “I just don’t want to be doing – somehow sitting in the Oval Office behind that beautiful Resolute Desk, the great Resolute Desk, I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it for myself. Maybe I’ll change my mind, but this will pass, and hopefully it will pass very quickly.”

There’s this:

However, at this stage the chances of getting other parties involved appear remote. All of the three potential coalition partners, the Greens, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats have been adamant that they do not wish to be involved. The Greens appear to be divided among themselves about what to do and and it is becoming clear that a number of their TDs feel closer to Sinn Féin than the traditional parties of government.

Dear God no!

And a sober assessment of the UK governments approach…

Each time, ministers and public health officials have denied that they have changed direction and have refused to admit that they may have wasted valuable time pursuing misguided strategies. And Hancock’s continued emphasis on antibody tests on Thursday suggests that the government remains attached to the hope that evidence of widespread immunity could be the way to get the UK back to work.

Then there’s this – a voice appealing to Labour to engage with coalition:

“There is nothing to be lost by negotiations and potentially much to be gained.

“For me the survival of the party is extremely important as the only democratic party of the left in Ireland, but that is not the issue in this decision.

The only democratic party of the left? I can’t imagine that will be received with happy good humour by a raft of parties of the left, including the SDs, etc, etc.

And here’s some mixed messages. Earlier in the week the IT was very very clear about the dangers of alcohol addiction.

The habits we form now may seem like a short-term crutch to get us through the shock of this pandemic, and for many of us that will be true. But as the weeks and months wear on, the habits of drinking earlier than usual, more than usual and more often than usual will become harder and harder to break. The reality is that we will be feeling the effects of this pandemic for months and years to come. What we don’t need is to add widespread alcohol addiction to the list of problems we as individuals, families and a society have to face on the other side of this.

So very true. But wait, what’s this from a paper with the same name the very same day? And this, and this, and this?



1. alanmyler - April 5, 2020

We’re definitely drinking more, not every night by any means, but more than before. Eating more too. Exercising slightly more too, the dog is complaining about the number of walks he’s being dragged out for poor lad. No actually he’s loving it, he’s usually on three a day now. Ah I think the alcohol thing needs to be seen in perspective, people who used to drink in the pub are drinking at home now, people who didn’t drink are unlikely to have hit the bottle. It can’t be much fun for families facing lockdown with a problem drinker in the house though, that must be hell. Anyhow I’ll be having a weissbier or maybe two later as I make the Sunday roast, as I do every Sunday. I’m not much of a socialiser but I will admit that I am very much looking forward to the pubs opening again and going for a pint. Tip for any FG stalkers here, get Leo to put a tab behind the bar in every pub in the country for the night they open again, and call an election that next day, I’d nearly canvass for FG myself!

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WorldbyStorm - April 5, 2020

Ah yeah. I’m not teetotal as well you know! 🙂

It’s true re more of all those things, though I’m keeping an eye on the drink. I did do a Zoom drinking thing with some old mates from school during the week, which was surprisingly good crack.


Dermot M O Connor - April 5, 2020

I quit back in 2010 when I had the ‘moment of clarity’. A year or two later heard Paul McGrath interviewed my Marian and his account sounded eerily similar to my own habits – the itch in the back of the head that started every afternoon, the struggle to contain the first drink until 6pm, shudder. Unlike him I staked the demon in the nick of time. But if I hadn’t, trying to maintain a supply of even more badly needed alcohol would be a logistical and financial nightmare!

First thing I bought extra (before it was cool) was a few extra boxes and bags of tea and coffee.

Hey, speaking of the ability to make really nice coffee at home, try a moka pot. Got one a year and a half ago, you’ll never use a coffee machine or french press again!

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2. benmadigan - April 5, 2020

Talking about statements – you might look at these draft parameters for exiting the lockdown, analysed in terms of where Italy stands at the moment. Sunday afternoon homework – see how they apply to Ireland at present


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3. roddy - April 5, 2020

Sadly no drink for me (believe it or not I never got a taste for it) However I will be off line for a few hours as I have been summoned under threat of “Lenninist discipline” to Connolly house to spend the evening counting money!

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oliverbohs - April 5, 2020

From “Restarting Ireland” in the IT:
Danny McCoy from IBEC read a book once. Perhaps
“we need a new, much more sophisticated form of social dialogue about how we now reshape our economy for the future.” He points to Naomi Klein’s shock doctrine – the idea “that societies can do things when they’re shocked”

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WorldbyStorm - April 5, 2020



Dermot M O Connor - April 5, 2020

A guy from IBEC read a book? EGADS NO


6to5against - April 6, 2020

I was once so enthused by Naomi Klein’s No Logo that I bought a copy for a friend, who ran a retail business in small town UK. I thought its anti-corporate message might resonate.

Sadly, their big takeaway from the book was that NIke were brilliant. So much profit, so little investment. ‘its all about the branding!’ he began to explain to anybody who would listen, as he spent hours online attempting to create a cool logo and trying to figure out how he could ramp up his profits while getting other people to do all his work for him.

Maybe Ms Klein should stop explaining the evils of corporatism to the actual evil overlords of capitalism. It may only serve to give them ideas.

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