Last week saw three examples of bad politics - posturing to look good rather than doing good.
Let me start by saying I believe a minority government of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Independents would be far more stable than a government with the Greens.
That is because the Green Party has been taken over by a Trot faction, which is far more interested in socialist politics than green politics.
These Green Greens live in the spiritual shadow of Sinn Fein, regardless of the real world.
For the past two months, that faction has been taxing public patience by its wilful neglect of opportunities opened up by the green nature of the lockdown.
We have had more birdsong, more foxes, fewer cars, more walking, more cycling, less dust, cleaner air.
This gave the Green Party a perfect chance to connect with the whole of Middle Ireland.
But rather than grasp that green branch to haul themselves higher on the political tree, the Green purists clearly want to sit sanctimoniously on the opposition benches as a protest party.
This mad urge to marginalise themselves ignored that most of their support came from FF and FG voters who wanted them to go into government.
Eoin Neylon, of FF, did an analysis on Twitter last week which showed the debt of gratitude Green Party TDs owe the three big parties - mostly to FF, for gifting thousands of transfers to the Greens.
Nevertheless, it is now clear that a powerful group of radical-chic Greens agree with rising star Saoirse McHugh, who, in the aftermath of the election, aligned with Sinn Fein as potential coalition partners based on their policies.
In sum, the traditional Green Party has been colonised by a trendy left parasite the way the Labour Party in Britain was colonised by Momentum.
If you doubt that, ask yourself three questions:
Why would a faction in the Green Party prefer to do a deal with Sinn Fein, a party against carbon taxes and water charges?
Why would they prefer Mary Lou McDonald, who still defends Sean Russell, rather the two proven progressive leaders?
What's their problem with Leo Varadkar, who pushed for marriage equality and Repeal of the Eighth? Or with Micheal Martin, who supported Repeal, the smoking ban, and the plastic bag levy?
Both men would be mad to take the divided Greens into Government when they have a stable group of Independents on hand.
Last week, Michael Fitzmaurice told Matt Cooper that Independents were ready to do business on government formation but that Simon Coveney had told them in early May that FG wanted a third party in government.
Simon Coveney may have been hankering after a second election in pushing the destabilising demand that Fine Gael needed a third party in government - which it clearly does not.
But May is not June. Even if FG went to the country again and won 10 more seats to 45, then what? Coalition with FF or SF? Or a scurry into opposition?
Luckily, the FG hubris seems to have settled over the last week. If it doesn't work out with the Greens, there is no reason why Fine Gael and Fianna Fail shouldn't do a deal with a number of sensible Independents like Sean Canney, Verona Murphy, Cathal Berry, Michael McNamara, Marian Harkin and Matt Shanahan.
Let me now turn to the second example of posturing that fails to meet the real problems facing us.
Last Monday, a group of mostly scientists, medics and academics released an open letter calling for a "rethink" in the national response to Covid-19.
The letter, with 1,200 signatories, advocated a shorter, tougher, "crush the curve" strategy to "eliminate" Covid-19 from the entire island.
But the real practical effect of the letter was to challenge the Government's laudable effort to get the country back to work.
Despite that desperate need, a perusal of the first 200 signatures to the letter reveals that most of the signatories are secure, well-paid public servants working in medicine and/or academic institutions.
The rest include professionals such as solicitors and accountants happy to work from home.
The list of signatories includes a pensions portfolio manager, a company director, a pharmaceutical analyst, a managing director, a financial services executive, a financial consultant, a marketing VP, a software engineer, and an accountant.
This large group has nothing to lose from a prolonged lockdown. Many of these high earners have not lost their jobs, had their salaries decreased or seen their small firm fall apart.
Strikingly, there are no hairdressers, shop keepers, taxi drivers or restaurant owners among the 1,200 signatories.
The timing of the letter argues a whole class out of touch with the grim reality of the results of the lockdown.
Some 25pc of the country is unemployed. So are half of those under 24 years old. We have a €30bn mountain of Covid debt.
Some 9,000 small and medium businesses may not survive. CSO surveys have found that the young and women balancing work and childcare, hurt the most.
Claire Byrne Live, which charted public opinion on the lockdown, shows a majority (70pc) are in no rush to end cocooning.
Only the obtuse could deny the class and public sector component of the Continue Cocooners with public servants, pensioners, and wealthy professionals especially prominent.
The rest is made up of the one million availing of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
The minority 30pc who carry the country are the real lockdown victims, particularly the struggling SMEs which provide 65pc of the employment in this country and fill the coffers of the Exchequer.
Last week, Neil McDonnell, of ISME, told Matt Cooper about the contempt many politicians and civil servants have for the self-employed, adding sardonically that the people in his ear most complaining about the Government are "card carrying members of Fine Gael". Ouch!
The final piece of posturing last week was provided by Sinn Fein, jumping on the Black Lives Matter bandwagon by unveiling a large mural to George Floyd in West Belfast.
That would be fine if Sinn Fein dignitaries present had prefaced the unveiling by even a few words of remorse for the deaths of eight black soldiers and two civilians at the hands of the Provisional IRA.
Reading down the list of deaths compiled by Kenny Donaldson of Innocent Victims United, one stood out for me in particular.
"Pte Anthony Carlos Harrison was a 21-year-old soldier from North London. On June 19, 1992, Pte Harrison was off duty and visiting his fiancee, who lived close to Palace Barracks. His presence there had been seen by terrorists and, pretending to be postmen, a murder team forced their way into his fiancee's house and shot Pte Harrison dead.
"Tony Harrison is laid to rest in New Southgate Cemetery, North London." Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.