Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has dismissed covid-19 as “sniffles”, spoke outside the army’s headquarters at a rally against lockdowns. Georgia’s governor went as far as allowing cinemas and restaurants to resume service from April 27th, subject to social-distancing rules. A man dressed as a royal Canadian mounted policeman murdered at least 22 people in a shooting spree in Nova Scotia. He said he was doing this to protect American workers from foreign competition during the crisis, but he backed away from stopping visas for guest workers after businesses complained that they would suffer. Coronavirus briefsOfficials in Wuhan, the Chinese city where covid-19 was first detected, raised the death toll there by 50%, to 3,869.
My confession this morning is that it is frustrating for me to restrain myself from writing about politics this week. There is news. I have thoughts. Some of you would be mad at those thoughts. But I’ve got them. I also have five hours of radio a day where I can get them out, so I don’t need to do it here.
A general election in Ireland produced a shock win for Sinn Fein, formerly the political wing of the IRA , a terrorist group. The party took the most first-choice votes, but ended up coming second in terms of seats in the Dail (parliament). Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, gave the final approval to continue HS2 , a high-speed rail link between London and northern cities. Mr Trump had earlier tweeted that he thought the prosecutors’ recommendation was “horrible and unfair”. It beat the bookies’ favourite, “1917”, to scoop best picture, the first foreign film to do so, and best director.
As a member of that demographic, I will offer another possibility — one of wisdom acquired with age. Mr. Sanders has no better chance of defusing the current vitriol and animus that are the daily diet of politics than the current occupant of the Oval Office. In short, with a Sanders presidency, Washington gridlock will be continued, with no easing of present tensions and zero chance of advancing an agenda. Sadly, both Mr. Sanders and Mr. Trump fail this test. I fear that if Mr. Sanders is the Democrats’ nominee in November, the winner will be President Trump.