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Fawlty Powers: ‘Basil’ Martin's lockdown ‘plan’ would be comedy gold if it wasn’t so serious

Philip Ryan


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John Cleese and Andrew Sachs as Manuel and Basil in Fawlty Towers. Photo: PA/BBC

John Cleese and Andrew Sachs as Manuel and Basil in Fawlty Towers. Photo: PA/BBC

John Cleese and Andrew Sachs as Manuel and Basil in Fawlty Towers. Photo: PA/BBC

It's all becoming a little bit too much like Fawlty Towers over in Government Buildings – but less funny. Let’s call it Fawlty Power. You have Basil Martin bumbling from one media appearance to the next, trying to keep his Coalition afloat, while Sybil Varadkar is rolling his eyes to heaven at the mess but doing little to help.

Meanwhile, Major Ryan is in his office insisting to anyone who walks by that he won the Great War over a road in Limerick with Willie O’Dea. Down on Baggot Street you have Manuel Donnelly desperately trying to put out fires in the Department of Health.

This week’s episode of Fawlty Power started off with a particularly hilarious scene involving Justice Minister Polly McEntee taking to the airwaves with a cunning plan to distract everyone from the blundering in Government with an announcement about the nation’s favourite pastime – drinking. The minister had a lightbulb moment and believed it was a great political ploy to announce she was extending the opening hours of pubs so people can party from dusk to dawn. She would be the Minister for Martinis and would never have to buy a drink on a night out again.


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