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Unfortunate timing… again October 16, 2020

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

With an almost perfect inevitability the IT decides to do something unwise in relation to the pandemic again this week after this. Carrying a denialist advert from a ‘tech’ millionaire is quite a step even for that paper. And one that is so clearly open to question (and has its condolences tacked on almost as an afterthought).

Small wonder the letters pages of the IT aren’t exactly enthused. I like this one:

“The few who are vulnerable” are to be exiled from Moorezey’s Holdings Limited’s sunlit uplands, it appears. But no matter…we’re only talking about a million people after all. It prescribes a grand good shake for our doctors, nurses and hospitals this winter.

Not everyone can buy a full page in a national newspaper to express their “personal opinion”…we’re nearing a place where money is speech. It would be less galling if the argument was something more sophisticated than survival of the fittest – for as long as I’m fit.

But particularly bad timing given the headline in the IT notes that ‘Health officials say coronavirus ‘out of control’ and warn of 2,500 case by the end of month’. Alarmingly, “Dr Holohan said case numbers had nearly doubled and the number of hospitalised patients was growing faster than the exponential growth models predicted.”

Which as already noted this week makes a mockery of the political machinations early last week around the CMO. And unfortunately makes a mockery of nonsense like that advert. As noted already in relation to the lethal pomposity of The Barrington Declaration (sic) and those who want to do away with restrictions and supposedly ‘protect’ the vulnerable – there’s no guarantee of lasting immunity from this virus, those in younger cohorts are as vulnerable or more to long lasting chronic serious medical conditions (as noted in a recent Atlantic piece) and there’s no mechanism for isolating safely in societies with multi-generational households and so on those who are in older cohorts. As to herd immunity, quite apart from the ethical aspects, it’s pointless to place any hope in that given the effects on health systems and economies as the virus wreaked havoc on both.

Difficult not to agree with HSE chief clinical adviser, Dr. Colm Henry who notes:

“I don’t accept arguments that belittle the impact of the disease and reduce the strategy to something where older people can be siphoned off safely,” he said. “Everybody is only one degree away from somebody who has died from it.”


1. crocodileshoes - October 16, 2020

BBC this morning: that Brexity Wetherspoons guy says 3 times that Sweden is the country to copy. Really?
RTE all morning: should the Championship games go ahead ( apparently there’s some virus or something)?

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WorldbyStorm - October 16, 2020

Crisis, what crisis?


2. Roger Cole - October 16, 2020

There has been a massive drop in advertising revenue for the Irish Times and the rest of the print media which is more than likely the reason they took the ad. They need the money.


3. CL - October 16, 2020

The case is growing for a ‘Covid Tax’ on the rich to avoid future austerity
The real danger is that after barely emerging from the last capitalist crisis, we face a decade more of austerity, starting before the pandemic is even over.
The “we all partied” of 2008 will be replaced by “It’s all about individual responsibility now”- Paul Murphy


4. An Sionnach Fionn - October 16, 2020

The anti-science or anti- scientific advisors is kicking up a notch or two…

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5. gypsybhoy69 - October 26, 2020

Did anybody see the Gogglebox thing on Dr Feeley? From the footage he was on a show on Virgin with Matt Cooper and as has been alluded to here he’s showed his support for the Let it Rip policy mentioned by Gene Kerrigan by ‘letting it rip’ on live tv.


WorldbyStorm - October 26, 2020

What was that on gyosybhoy69?


6. gypsybhoy69 - October 26, 2020

How can I send a link to you? It’s something I got on WhatsApp but I don’t seem to be able to share the link through WordPress


WorldbyStorm - October 26, 2020

Can you email me? Email on the right in a box a little bit down the page. AT is @
DOT is .


7. gypsybhoy69 - October 26, 2020

I sent that to you but got something up that said the attachment may be too big. I’ve emailed you my mobile number so if you reply with yours I can WhatsApp it to you if required.

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8. Irish Times Platforms Anti-Lockdown Fake Science – AN SIONNACH FIONN | The New York Press News Agency - January 27, 2021

[…] “sympathetic” coverage and using that praise as a means of legitimising their activities. And the decision by the Irish Times to accept the publication of a full-page ad by a controversial organisation whose aims align with that of the reactionary right adds further […]


9. CL - January 27, 2021

One of Trump’s ‘achievements’ is that the far-right fringe has been mainstreamed.
This makes it easier for neo-fascist groups to insinuate into public discussion.

Justin Barrett is more than a ‘nationalist’….

Gerry McGeough ” first emerged as a figure on the Irish extreme right when he accompanied Justin Barrett on a lecture tour of Irish towns in March 2004 in support of Barrett’s bid for election to the European Parliament. Barrett was a founding member of Youth Defence and former leader of the “No to Nice” campaign which opposed Irish ratification of the EU’s Nice Treaty. In an initial referendum held in June 2001 the Irish public voted against ratification.

Support fell away from Barrett following the exposure of his and his supporters’ links to European neo-fascist groups connected to Roberto Fiore’s International Third Position by Searchlight and the Sunday Mirror in September 2002 during the second Nice referendum campaign. At this vote the Irish people voted in favour of the treaty. Barrett and another Youth Defence founder, Niamh Nic Mhathuna, had attended conferences of Fiore’s neo-fascist Forza Nuova in Italy.

Barrett had also attended the German NDP’s “National Day of Resistance” rally in Passau in May 2000 at which former members of the Third Reich spoke along with international neo-fascist figures such as Udo Voigt, leader of the NDP. Youth Defence had also written a letter to Candour, an independent British far-right and antisemitic magazine, requesting funding at the time of its foundation in 1992.”

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