Earlier this morning, after three days without a Covid-19 death in Northern Ireland and with the Executive speeding up the process of easing lockdown restrictions, Finance Minister Conor Murphy claimed on a BBC programme that had the NHS been properly funded lockdown wouldn't have been necessary.
Health Minister Robin Swann interpreted the comments as an attack on him and his department and, out of the blue, we were straight into another very unhelpful us-and-them political spat.
The oddest thing about the story is the timing of the comments. Why now? Why this sudden need to blame 'Tory austerity'? Why the argument that lockdown could have been avoided when so many other countries have opted for the lockdown option?
When the lockdown was introduced there were practically no certainties about CV-19, particularly about how it spread, how quickly it spread, who was most vulnerable, how long it would stay in your system, what short and long-term damage it could do, and if those who contracted it would be immune afterwards.
So even if the NHS had been so well funded and staffed that there was no fear of it being overwhelmed in the first few months (although there would still have been enormous challenges had the original numbers infected been huge and required hospitalisation) we would still not have known the answers to the original uncertainties. That's why lockdown was introduced in most countries - including New Zealand.
Indeed, lockdown was probably essential (even Sweden, which didn't introduce a full-blown lockdown, placed restrictions and enormous personal responsibility on its citizens) because the one certainty we did have was, that like all viruses, CV-19 spread from person to person: so it made sense to stop people meeting each other, particularly at close quarters.
Lockdown restrictions were eased as more evidence provided more answers to the key questions, allowing governments and businesses to prepare for greater personal contact again.
Murphy may have had a valid point about better funding required for the NHS: but it was a point lost in the nonsense about lockdown.
Interestingly, at no point in the last three months has Sinn Fein raised any nuance or caveat about its continuing support for lockdown.