This time last week things were very different. I wonder what things will be like in a week, a month. And if we believe what they say, it’s not even started yet and won’t really kick off until the start of summer.
It has been the weekend so tomorrow will bring updates from the workplace. Every day seems to have brought something new; when I thought it would wane it has done the opposite. The number of infected has double and seems to be doing so each day. The percentage of those who have died is significant and, if you think about the amount of people predicted to get the virus, will be very significant.
Trump has shut the borders to the UK now and Johnson is waiting a little longer until we Brits know exactly the extent to which we will be affected – not by the disease but by the social measures put in place. It is a difficult one and one which the Prime Minister can’t win; it has predictably become a great opportunity for the opposition to take a cheap swing at the decisions that are being taken. Scotland, as they do, have gone against government advice, simply because it’s government advice; Ireland purposely gave no warning of its decisions so that we looked flat-footed and Corbyn, still desperate to claw back some dignity after his crushing defeat in the election (how far away that seems now) is picking at everything that is said.
It makes me despair at the very nature of humanity and the chance that we have of dealing with things like this when flailing opposition parties use every little strain on the government to score cheap points. If Corby had got in; if Scotland was independent; I would still simply want the authorities to come together; the people on the fringes to put the people first and everyone pull in the same direction for the good of the country. Grannies and granddads are dying; our kids are getting ill and we ourselves face the threat of this disease and the wider effects that it will have on our country, our society, our economy and our fundamental identity as a nation. It is bigger that all of their politics.
Most other countries have shut schools so the predictable attack on Johnson is that he is delaying in Britain and that this will cost lives. It is a tricky one with so many factors to take into consideration:
- If the peak isn’t going to be until June then do we really need to knee-jerk lock-down like so many other countries have? A lock-down will need to stay in place until the crisis is over. You can’t turn it on and then off again.
- This period of anticipation will help the citizens of this country slowly get used to the idea: the Italians, French, Irish and all the rest, they had hours to prepare mentally. I think we’ll be ready for it when it comes.
- So we shut down schools – are the kids going to stay in their houses for 16 weeks? Nope: they’ll gather surreptitiously and spread the virus and put themselves at risk as they seek illicit places to meet up.
- They’ll get bored and boredom is the root of most evil in the teenage brain.
- And what about the parents who will have to stay off? They will be nurses, firefighters, toilet-paper manufacturers…who will do those jobs?
- And you get granny and granddad to look after the kids and…see paragraph 4.
Toilet roll, dried pasta and handwash have been the strange topic of conversation over the past few days as though all of a sudden we’re shitting ourselves more than even and haven’t been washing our hands enough in the past.
The shelves will refill and calm will return to that area as people’s cupboards fill up and can take no more. It will be something else. What will the next issue be?
I predict looting. I hope I’m wrong.
Is it interesting or even significant that two B-2 Stealth bombers from America landed in Gloucestershire this weekend?