The dogs on the street knew it. The children knew it. The old, the tired, the crisp eating huddled masses knew it. Everyone bar Nphet and some immunologists knew lockdown had failed and Tanáiste Leo Varadkar confirmed as much the other night when he told the Dáil that getting daily Covid-19 cases to the low numbers achieved last year is 'not a prospect' due to the B117 variant.
By the end of the week we should all have a slightly better idea of where the country’s Covid fight is going and when we might begin to see some easing of the restrictions that have seen most of us incarcerated in our homes for the last three months.
For most Irish people, the British public’s obsession with, their Royal family is a baffling phenomenon. Whatever your opinion of Britain’s politics and its – to put it mildly – chequered colonial history, our nearest neighbours are, Brexit aside, generally seen as a modern, progressive nation.
On one occasion in my early years teaching I did something that I imagine would be a sacking offence today. I asked the students in a first year class to close their eyes. I then went on to ask them if there was any boy in the class who could definitely say that there was not one person in their extended family who did not have a difficulty with alcohol. I think there were three boys out of a class of 28 who raised their hands.
Do words ever grab you? What about the people who turned up to listen to Donald Trump? He'd spend an hour simply haranguing, insulting and demeaning people. At least to me it all sounded vile and appealing to our worst instincts. Millions are greatly impressed with him.
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