Tony O’Brien: Empty sanitiser dispensers a fitting symbol of politicians’ short memory

Our politicians behave as if there is nothing between a complete lockdown and pretending that Covid has gone away, but they are totally wrong

My late father used to often remark about the impossibility of “getting a quart into a pint pot”. Last week we witnessed the timeless validity of that saying as our hospitals attempted to respond to a deluge of emergency patient attendances and demand for hospital beds.

This crisis was predicted and predictable. Most of its solutions may be long term, as have been mentioned in this column before, but there are also things that we ...