Anthony McGeough is of course right to advise Leo Varadkar to be careful where he throws mud (‘Mudslinging at SF may just open up a can of worms’, Irish Independent, Letters, March 3).
Seeking an investigation into politicians who seem to be “living beyond their means” could end up anywhere, not least on members of his own party. That said, we need to understand what is motivating Mr Varadkar’s behaviour. Perhaps he is attempting to take a leaf out of Scheherazade’s book.
The ‘Arabian Nights’ tells a tale of the Sultan of India who would take a new wife every night, only to behead her the following morning. When Scheherazade became the sultan’s wife, she postponed her execution by telling him fantastic stories, always leaving a captivating ending until the following day. We are told that she survived 1,001 days with her distracting tales. That would seem a plausible explanation for Mr Varadkar’s sometimes strange stories – survival by distraction.
But surely we, the hapless populous, cannot endure another 1,001 days of the bungling Varadkar leadership. Who will rid us of this self-regarding fabulist?
Rathedmond, Co Sligo
Time for party leaders to go past courting and commit
With the coronavirus ominously lurking and the tempest of Brexit about to, again, make landfall, it’s time to speed up the political meandering to forming a government.
Leo Varadkar should immediately initiate the procedure of calling another election.
President Higgins should – for a change – refuse to dissolve Dáil Éireann, and in doing so send a clear message to all members of the 33rd Dáil to get on with forming a government.
This would fast-track the ruminating and mulling of the grassroots and thereby release the parties’ leadership to move past the courting phase and get straight into bed for some meaningful congress.
Some will die but don’t panic – the virus will burn itself out
Shutting countries down is not the answer for dealing with coronavirus.
No work means no tax, which means no money for healthcare, social welfare, pensions, fire service, law enforcement, etc.
People need to get the coronavirus and recover from it as most will, and then after a week or two off go back to work or school. It is unfortunate that a small percentage will die but that already happens from a number of equally or more lethal contagious illnesses without countries of the world suffering a world war level of destruction.
The virus is spreading and the reports are grimmer each day but the panic being fuelled in the media is counterproductive to the alternative of letting this extremely unpleasant virus do its damage and burn itself out.
Drogheda, Co Louth
People need to get the right information to avoid illness
The coronavirus has highlighted misinformation, apprehension, uncertainty and unpredictability surrounding the outbreak of contagious epidemics.
It seems as if we have not learned any lessons from Ebola. Health authorities should use the spread of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and text messages to offer health warnings and lessons, such as to wash hands regularly, use disinfectants, drink water and avoid social habits such as hugging and kissing and religious congregations, sport events and musical concerts.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
There’s no cure for human stupidity and selfishness
The biggest threat to the human race is ourselves.
The human frailties of stupidity, selfishness and thoughtlessness will be our downfall and will do more to spread the coronavirus than any natural mode of transmission.
I imagine the cure for most of the world’s ills will be found long before these frailties are eliminated from mankind.
Enfield, Co Meath
No one comes out of migrant situation with any credit
Who can fail to notice this desperate action by the Turkish government in letting migrants move forward to try to enter the EU?
Turkey does this as it comes under pressure in northern Syria by its actions in trying to destabilise that area.
It’s partly because the EU has been in an agreement with Turkey by bartering away fundamental human rights. An unsustainable position by any standard.
Who in a leadership position will say enough is enough?
Clondalkin, Dublin 22