Radio review: Pat Kenny plays blindfolded with PlayStation but lets Coveney keep control

Christmas is coming and the goose is… worried? It could be Mammy and Daddy Goose anyway, if they’re going to buy a new PlayStation 5 for little Johnny or Mary Goose. (We’ll stop now.)

The Pat Kenny Program (Newstalk, 9 a.m. Monday-Friday) reported that the global shortage of computer chips and post-Covid delays in the supply chain have resulted in chronic console shortages. So, according to the newspaper’s Ralph Riegel, “a lot of high-end video games are in relatively short supply, and right now the demand for them is huge.”

Ironically, you can actually buy a used Sony gizmo — but for a higher price than new. Ralph continued: “A lot of speculators realized that there was a huge demand for the product, especially the special edition, so they bought many models. [and are now selling] for more than you would pay for brand new.”

The end result, we know, is that parents should brace themselves for a few weeks of frantic hunting for must-have gifts. But parenting expert Laura Erskine offers a possible solution.

She is “influencing” her children “to ask Santa for an experience this Christmas, instead of just more. The house is already full of toys, so they will open one on Christmas morning and Santa will also give each child an experience where the whole family can hang out and enjoy. .”

It’s the kind of item that Kenny has long excelled at: a combination of breaking news and “softer” social issues; Complex global issues can be understood through personal experience. There’s an energetic, crusader vibe about it.

Also featured on this week’s show is an interview with Cancer Society Ireland’s Averil Power about the death of anti-cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan at a very young age. Contrary to the stereotype — which is not always entirely devoid of substance — of Kenny as a clumsy, goofy real-life version of Alan Partridge, he’s sensitive, empathic, and — most importantly , maybe — clearly interested and invested in the story.

In my humble opinion, not so good is with Martin O’Neill. The former Irish football coach is an interesting man who has had a fascinating, highly successful life and career. This should have been gold but it was just fine. Kenny is just not very good at sports. It’s his Kryptonite. (Or a version of it – he’s not good at art, entertainment, and celebrity trivia, either.)

And I’m not interested in the Simon Coveney interview, which deals with Ukraine, Northern Ireland etiquette and the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle. Pat asked some of the right questions – is Ireland’s neutrality affected by support for Ukraine? Are large numbers of refugees sustainable? – but in the end, you feel, was too soft on the Secretary of State, if not to get him out of a predicament.

As always, the Government seems to be reacting to events rather than – here’s a lovely corporate way of saying – “hands in front of them”. Good intentions and emotional appeal are not really a plan.

Old Pat — as well as young Pat — will, I suspect, tear Coveney apart

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