Hear nah, this pandemic situation is very serious. We are at the beginning stage right now and thus far have been able to cope, but nothing is set in stone. If you’re following international news and listening to the local authorities you know things are expected to get worse before they get better. You also should know that this could last for as long as 18 months according to some experts.
Which is why we need to focus on the positives while protecting ourselves from the virus. I’m sure you’ll agree that one of the gems coming out of this crisis is the daily press conferences. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trivializing the information presented, rather I’m just appreciative of the entertainment value as well.
It doesn’t matter which color condiment you support, ketchup or mustard, or if you’re like me and don’t care for either, at the end of the day you have to admit that these press conferences are pure gold from a comedic perspective.
The personalities present really bring the room to life. From Mr. ice-water-in-his-veins, the Chief Medical Officer, to the PM who always seems to have to deliver a stern, parental, raspy “boof” to the nation. You have the Min. of National Security who is like the frustrated big brother looking to hit you some tough love with a lesson at the end. Then there’s the friendly Min Health who just wants you to stay in school and say no to drugs. We can’t forget the Min of Finance who always making it rain dollars like he behind the red velvet rope in the…uhh…mall.
It feels like an after school special. Actually, it’s more along the lines of Different Strokes. I’ll let you decide who’s Mr Drummond, Willis and Arnold.
However, the real entertainment comes in the Q&A segment. You could miss the entire press conference and tune in for Q&A and not miss any information because the journalists will ask everything again. If a Minister says the borders are closed some journalist is bound to jump up and ask “so when you said the borders are closed, did you mean OUR borders and by closed does that mean not open?”
I wouldn’t be too harsh on them though. People forget that journalists are subject to the same self quarantine and social distancing measures as the rest of us. My theory is that there’s some journalist challenge on social media to see who could trigger a politician first. I think they need to amend the rules to exclude saying a certain name to a certain someone because everyone knows that will result in a resounding tongue lashing.
So far the responses from the ministers have been nothing short of brilliant. I don’t usually rate politicians of any kind but the way them fellas handling the scene have me informed and entertained at the same time.
We have been treated to nuggets like “No Akash, tomorrow at midnight!”, or “let me make clear what I thought was already clear” and my brand new favorite “Next question. That is not a real question.” The meme makers must be exhausted.
So needless to say I never miss a press conference and neither should you. I’m always interested in knowing where we are in the Covid-19 fight and what we’re doing to help those at risk both medically and economically. I’m also interested in seeing who gets the daily rough up.
I’m also kinda waiting for the PM to either look at a reporter with a dead-pan and provide no response or roll his eyes and whisper under his breath but into the mic “Lord fadda Jesus, give me strength.” (Fingers crossed, don’t jinx it).