The elderly cower at home fearful of a virus that will probably kill them.
Younger people risk their lives working as NHS/Care workers, farmers, shop workers and postmen/delivery drivers.
But amidst all the doom, gloom and “gotcha” questions from our appalling media there are a few benefits, short and long term. So let’s concentrate on what we have learned which can be of benefit in future:
- We cannot trust China. This is the second virus to come from their filthy street meat markets (I’ve been to one so my description is entirely accurate) and they are still making no efforts to close them or the hutongs, or indeed take any action to improve hygiene in the “People’s Republic”.
- We must be prepared for the next virus from China. This one may wipe us all out, for Chinese inaction will surely lead to another epidemic soon.
- Chinese companies should get nowhere near our 5G platforms. Trade with China should be ramped down and British Steel (Chinese owned) should be re-nationalised without compensation, as partial reparation from China.
- The media are not fit for purpose. With one or two rare exceptions (Andrew Neil, Iain Dale, Nick Ferrari) Britain’s arrogant reporters have completely lost sight of their role – to report facts, not their unwanted opinions. When the country needs lifting and motivating we get incessant criticisms, negativity and attempts to catch the government out by pushing them to make impossible promises. And the BBC, our national broadcaster, is at the bottom of the turd pile.
- Once again the EU has failed spectacularly. Indeed, their insistence on open borders has undoubtedly helped to spread the virus across Europe and again the rich North abandoned the poor South. Hopefully Britain will be free of the EU before we are called upon to pay for Coronabonds just now being launched to rescue Southern Europe, yet again. Leaving is now vitally urgent. And, as I write, the EU’s PPE initiative has delivered precisely zero.
- Globalisation is not necessarily good news. It brings loss of local control (like multinationals which pay no taxes) and significant dangers (like Sars, Covid-19 and global warming).
- We don’t need to import so much exotic produce from around the world. Whilst the UK may not be self sufficient, we can rely far more on seasonal locally-produced food (picked by people on Benefits and prison workers in preference to foreign labour) and we could even go back to manufacturing things ourselves!
- Undoubtedly the government has made some mistakes in dealing with this new and unexpected pandemic, but they have made a fine effort and we should be thankful that Labour didn’t win the election. With Corbyn taking Johnson’s place in The Nightingale, Diane Abbott would have been in charge. Heaven help us.
- And there’s some short term benefits which could improve our future. Like pollution reduction due to cars staying at home, less train travel etc. I confidently predict that, whilst we will largely revert to our old ways, there will be some who will continue to work from home and use the likes of Zoom for meetings. Good news whilst we wait for certain cultures to reduce the number of babies they bring into the world.
Stay home if you are not an essential worker. Stay safe and observe the social distancing. Keep drinking the Kool Aid – but not the disinfectant!