Our power-sharing executive, which have hardly covered themselves in glory in recent weeks, plunged to new depths last night when they announced further tighter restrictions for Northern Ireland, starting for two weeks on 27 November. Despite having voted against lesser restrictions a week ago when the seven day rolling average of infections was notably higher than it is today. There is indecision, inconsistency and indifference and then there are Northern Ireland’s political leaders.
This means that, in addition to hospitality and close contact services, all non-essential retail, places of worship, gym and sporting activities are to cease. There seems to be a naive belief that such action now will ‘save Christmas’ for us all. News check – Christmas is not the be all and end all for many people. Nor is going to a pub or restaurant. It’s no surprise that this recent U-turn has been met with anger and disbelief by a large section of the population.
Personally, this latest debacle has left me drained and frustrated. Thank goodness for the scientists who will be the true saviours of the world. Although the politicians will undoubtedly try and take credit for the various vaccines being produced. It’s the quiet men and women in the laboratories who deserve the praise, not the arrogant, blustering buffoons who have mismanaged our nations through the pandemic.
My overriding worry is that, however, when the next elections come around the masses will vote unthinkingly again for the same main parties they have voted for all their lives. We, as a country, need to remember days like yesterday when polling day comes around again. Our political landscape is currently a pitiful fiasco and it’s time the circus left town. I don’t like clowns at the best of times but this lot have just dragged my disdain downwards to a whole new level.