I'm as quick to give our politicians a shoe to the shins as the next man, but sometimes you have to speak up when you see one being drowned to prove he's not a witch.
This week two newly elected TDs, Christopher O'Sullivan and Gary Gannon, got savaged for the heinous crime of employing family members in their Oireachtas staff.
Gannon in particular winds me up. By all accounts a lovely bloke, but I get an awful bang of, "Yes, I do think it is an outrage that you haven't been given a free Ark of the Covenant!" Sort of de facto old-style Bertieist Fianna Fáil but makes his own fresh pesto.
But neither of them deserves abuse for this.
Some people complain that ordinary non-relatives are being denied a fair crack at those jobs, but let's tell a few truths here. Being an assistant to a member of the Oireachtas is nearly as awful a job as being the member yourself.
You work long hours and deal with a public who not only expect huge service delivery from you but hold you in contempt for doing it.
As an Irish politician, you can be a lot of things - stupid, cynical, not even interested in politics - but you can not be lazy.
Lazy politicians nearly always lose their seats because Irish elections are incredibly competitive. We don't really have safe seats here, and Irish politics is littered with people who got elected with a king's quota and a half in one election and ended up with no arse in their political trousers the next.
As if that is not ignominious enough, it's possible to be extremely hard working and still have thousands of your previous voters wander off looking for something a bit more fresh.
But lazy just won't cut it, and that often means support staff who are willing to work the punishing hours you work, and often only family are willing.
After all, it's more often than not your family who have been doing so much of the unpaid support work when you're out knocking on doors or attending residents' associations to get elected in the first place.
They know your constituency, they know your representations file and your system. In short, a good recruitment consultant would probably recommend them as the obvious choice.
At the heart of the complaint is, let's be honest, a load of hypocrisy by many voters who expect TDs to behave to an ethical standard they'd never apply to themselves.
This is an entire society based not so much on rules as relationships, who you know, and I'll Have A Word In The Ear With Your Man.
Not just in politics. It's perfectly normal for jobs to be filled not only by relatives but by someone putting in a word for one of their relatives or mates. That's how our entire society runs, so please, spare me the faux indignation.
Imagine how a law that made it a criminal offence to put a word in would go down in this country. It would be easier to get water meters installed.
We can all think of a handful of politicians whom we know are crooked yet have a superb constituency operation and are first call when the mother needs to get up the waiting list for her hip. Across the land, TDs' clinics are filled with people demanding that TDs get them something to which they are not entitled. So please, spare me the morally elevated equine treatment.
Of course, we should oppose nepotism if it means an incompetent person is appointed to a job. Sure.
I get that there are voters who have a real problem with family members being appointed. Often, they also have a problem with the sons and daughters of former politicians getting elected to the "family" seat.
Except it isn't the family seat. This is a republic, and you don't get into Dáil Éireann without thousands of your fellow citizens giving you a preference on the ballot paper. No preferences, no Dáil seat, and it doesn't matter what your name is.
Now, as it happens, that only applies to the Dáil. You can serve on your county council, in Seanad Éireann and effectively in the European Parliament without having a single mark put against your name, but there's little evidence to suggest the majority of the Irish electorate gives a toss and wants by-elections for every council vacancy.
After all, they voted to keep Seanad Éireann, the greatest political ejector seat this side of the House of Lords.
Don't want your local TD to employ their husband/wife/fifth cousin on the father's side? Fine. Tell them that on the door during the election. If a TD hears that a dozen times, being the nervous twitchy creatures they are, they might do something about it.
But it all depends on the voters.
If hundred of voters raised it, that would be that. If they thought there were votes in a law banning the employment of relatives, TDs would do it.
They're vote-mad, them fellas.
But you have to convince them that it is worth votes, because they know that whatever about a ban winning votes, having their family doing the constituency work for them definitely does, and politicians will go where the votes are.
Of course, if they can't appoint wives and husbands, they can always go the full Silvio and appoint mistresses, lovers and dental hygienists. There'll be a fun bill to draft.
One of the more curious aspects of the Covid-19 crisis is that we are all going through it. Like a world war, it's a shared cultural and historical experience that we will all have our own unique reference points to, and when it passes - and it will - our culture will then come to terms with how we record it and indeed integrate it into our story.