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The Covid reckoning is looming and world leaders have to face it

Colm McCarthy


It could take a decade before the fog clears and we know who pressed the right fiscal buttons, writes Colm McCarthy

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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Picture: PA

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Picture: PA

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Picture: PA

Six months into the Covid crisis, governments are having to acknowledge that there will be a reckoning - the public inquiry just announced in the United Kingdom or an unavoidable date with the voters for Donald Trump in November.

In both countries the verdict is likely to be negative. The UK and the USA have not had a good crisis and most other developed countries seem to have handled the public health emergency better.

In Ireland, there is no basis for self-congratulation - the figures show that some comparable countries have kept infection and fatality rates lower, and there have been clear weaknesses in the policy response. The public health professionals will have their say in due course and there is blame to be allocated.