Amid everything else going on, this week the elections for the Seanad, the upper house of the Irish legislature, are taking place. Unlike all other forms of election in Ireland, this election is done by postal ballot. Were it an election where voters were required to go to a polling station, it would of course … Continue reading An attempted ousting
It's been some time since I've done one of these weekly retrospective pieces, despite initially intending to write them weekly. The world has changed somewhat since that last one a few short weeks ago. I think I might somehow end up with time on my hands to write more over the coming weekends... I started … Continue reading The not-weekly feedback session
So my dear friend Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (pictured left, trying to dig his way out of trouble) and his cronies have decided to put the country on full lockdown, with almost total restriction on movement for the next two weeks. Their motives are, superficially at least, to contain the further spread of the corona virus. … Continue reading Covering their tracks
As the number of cases of the corona virus around the world continues to grow, more and more countries are starting to see immense pressure on their health systems. This is no more evident than in Italy and Spain, where the number of deaths are horrifying. It is worth noting here why these two countries … Continue reading A better future in this?
This post contains spoilers for a book which came out over 30 years ago, and its (hugely divisive but I liked it) film adaptation released over a decade ago. If you have not read Watchmen, why on Earth not? It's a masterpiece Get to it. You most likely have time on your hands now. Unless … Continue reading A Viral Message?
On March 12th, the Irish acting government ordered the closure of all schools, universities, private colleges, and every other educational institute as a means of suppressing the spread of the coronavirus. Fair enough. The measure is sensible, and in conjunction with other precautions it has reaped dividends in other countries, notably Korea. English language schools … Continue reading Concern from the Department
Like me, you may be trying to actively avoid listening to the verbal diarrhoea spewing from the gaping maw of the dotard in the White House. Nonetheless, I am aware of Trump's insistence in calling Covid-19 the China or Chinese virus. And yes, that I know that the virus did originate in Wuhan in China. … Continue reading The American Virus
Perhaps the end times are near. I have just heard that the Tories, the fucking Tories, have just announced a raft of socialist policies to deal with the economic and social effects on the pandemic on the UK. This is easily the most unexpected aspect of the whole affair so far. I mean, I was … Continue reading Comrade Boris?
I'd been working on a piece over the last few days critiquing the role of capitalism in the current pandemic. While I stand by all of that, I decided to shelve that polemic for a couple of days at least. These days are difficult for all of us, and I thought that the last thing … Continue reading There is a Light that Never Goes Out
After footage of a packed bar in Dublin full of drunken revelers last Saturday night began to circulate on social media, the Irish government took the belated decision to close all pubs in the country. Some pubs and other businesses had already done so, but others continued unabated, as the naïve call for people to … Continue reading Responsible leadership