Posted on 25th April 2020

Slane Castle

I have been trying to see if I can find any sort of a silver lining in this pandemic which in my case has confined me to my home until a vaccine has been found, as my immune system is compromised.

I fantasise about the fall of Donald Trump.  Surely to God enough Americans will come to their senses in November and throw this amoral buffoon out of the White House.  On Wednesday my wife and I watched CNN with incredulity when he tried to suggest that there would not be a return of the virus in the autumn – a probability that was then denied by American’s top health official, Dr. Fauci, speaking from the same platform.  The American President’s lack of leadership from the beginning of this crisis has cost lives.  The latest absurdity of encouraging those that are demonstrating against the restrictions designed to save lives beggars belief.  I only hope and pray that enough people recognise how appalling and disgraceful his behaviour has been.  As I have written before, I am a great admirer of America and have many friends and, indeed, family there.  This President is trashing the international reputation of his country.  Other nations are no longer looking to the States for leadership at a time when international co-operation is so urgently required.  The abominable Trump has chosen to withhold funds from the World Health Organisation at the time it is most needed.  The WHO may not be perfect, but this shows a man who has absolutely no moral compass.

It is depressing when real international leadership is required to guide the world on how to deal with the greatest threat to mankind – Climate Change.  The kind of havoc that it is capable of reeking really does make the pandemic look like the canary in the coal mine.  A problem that must be looked at globally because like the pandemic unless it is dealt with by concerted international effort it will come back to haunt us.  So in a very direct sense this brings us back to the formation of the next government.  The Greens who purport to support an agenda to address this issue need to get on with it and get into government.  Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are now as one, so surely the Greens can be brave enough to walk into government buildings and give us the government for change the country so sorely wants.

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