Tuesday 17 March 2020

#Coronavirus: A collared UK Government dumps satire

Progress of a sort
To suggest a sense of reason had finally prevailed on the UK Government’s handling of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic would be wishful at best, but it is still progress.
One could be deluded into thinking some quality of humanity however minuscule might have arrived in the corporeal embodiment of the anthropomorphic representative we identify as Boris Johnson, but would be reaching and clutching at straws for he has no capacity for principle or responsibility, even though he occupies high office.
However, the crazy ‘herd immunity’ aim that had been shot to smithereens over the weekend with one epidemiologist even thinking what he heard from the UK was satire rather than reality had changed to the health secretary insisting until he was red and blue in the face, that “The over-riding objective is to protect life.” [Telegraph]
Listen and act immediately
Whilst my government might well have been suitably chastised to suddenly be sounding the alarm to now begin self-isolation, social distancing, the avoidance of crowds, the creeping restriction of our liberties. The need to test has not gained enough importance and priority, especially for frontline staff that we have to sign petitions on why we cannot afford to leave medical staff in harm's way during a rampaging pandemic. Schools remain open too.
The WHO Director-General is screaming from the mountain top, his compelling message if the audio-sensory organs of Downing Street can respond to the stimulus of sound, “You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. And we cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected. We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test.” [WHO]
Just do more
Yet, the bombastic, blusterer characterising buffoonery to full comedic effect avers, “I have been comparing notes and talking to leaders around the world and I can tell you that the UK is now leading a growing global campaign amongst all our friends and allies.” I would have hurt myself as I fell out of bed with choking and derisive laughter. [GOV.UK]
We all know the UK Government is still not doing enough compared to our European partners, France announced strict measures whilst providing deep reaching economic support to many facets of the economy. Whilst we 'spaff' money up the wall on the folly of a Brexit of our own making amid a more critically difficult ravaging pandemic.
I am probably not particularly comforted by the fact that I am also in the middle of job search whilst this is going on, the concerns about income and bills becoming a distraction. Still, this is an acknowledgement of the vulnerable with tough times ahead. As for Prof Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer of England, I wonder if the stress of looking for a way forward through this pandemic has had the effect of thinning his neck, his shirt collar seems to belong to a bigger friend. [BBC]

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