SMOKES & DAG­GERS

A mis­chievous mix of (mostly) news

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

LEO VARAD­KAR had a bad week. What­ever about whack­ing hospi­tal con­sul­tants over hol­i­days, pick­ing on nurses isn’t a vote-win­ning strat­egy. But then an Ir­ish Times Christ­mas ques­tion­aire from back in 2007, which cir­cu­lated dur­ing the week fol­low­ing his com­ments, he com­plained about hav­ing to work in A&E in Blan­chard­stown for two Christ­mas days in a row (‘Beau­mont doesn’t bring back good mem­o­ries’). He also said his least-favourite Christ­mas movie was A Christ­mas Carol. ‘Tiny Tim should get a job,’ he joked. We think.

HEALTH Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris posted an im­age of a evening class for men, which he joked that his beloved wanted him to sign up for. Among the top­ics to be cov­ered: ‘Toi­let rolls – do they grow on the hold­ers?; Dif­fer­ences be­tween laun­dry bas­ket & floor; Loss of Viril­ity (los­ing the re­mote to your sig­nif­i­cant other); Empty Milk car­tons – do they be­long in the fridge or the bin? Liv­ing with adults, ba­sic dif­f­ences be­tween your mother and your part­ner.’

AF­TER his re­cent dif­fi­cult en­counter with democ­racy, Michael D must have been con­soled by Fianna Fáil se­na­tor Terry Ley­den’s tribute. Terry said he was grate­ful of hav­ing the ‘ben­e­fit of him lec­tur­ing me for two years in the 1970s. He was so in­spi­ra­tional that I got into the Dáil four years be­fore him.’

HEAD­LINE of the week goes to the AP’s re­port on the US mid-term elec­tions: ‘De­ceased Ne­vada brothel owner Den­nis Hof [pic­tured] wins state assem­bly race, weeks af­ter he was found dead at his Love Ranch brothel by porn ac­tor Ron Jeremy.’

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