“If this virus were a physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger – which I can tell you from personal experience, it is – then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor.
“And so it follows that this is the moment of opportunity, this is the moment when we can press home our advantage, it is also the moment of maximum risk.
“I know there will be many people looking at our apparent success, and beginning to wonder whether now is the time to go easy on those social distancing measures.”
A decent analogy from Boris that may actually be understood by those who are starting to break the lockdown. It feels to me as though we are at that point where it could so easily turn back the other way and it is with sadness that I have seen the roads and parks etc becoming so much busier this weekend, and even more so today apparently.
Surely it is logical that a few more weeks of lockdown, at a minimum, would offer huge benefits over the next few months, but alas we do not have a culture in the UK anymore where facts and sense prevail over rhetoric and what could be called blatant lies.
With regards to the physical assailant, our government literally watched this assailant travel from country to country hurting countless people and then shook its hand by allowing Cheltenham to go ahead, and by delaying a lockdown which I believe was actually driven by (sensible) people not going out so much anyway.
He also said the UK has “so far collectively shielded our NHS” and “flattened the peak”.
He is right about the peak, it is definitely flattening, but to suggest the NHS has been shielded is far from correct. Many thousands of operations have been cancelled, many people have died of non-Covid-19 illnesses and we still do not know how many have died in care homes. I am, however, torn on this. If the number of deaths is, as expected, +40,000 in hospitals and care homes the government would be lambasted for a huge failure in comparison to other countries. Then again, that is all that would be talked about and the persuasive abilities of the government would be diminished to such a point that few would listen to them, and then we have chaos.
Take yourself back to December and the recurring news stories of the NHS being at breaking point due to seasonal flu. This was before Covid-19 and few would argue that it hasn’t been struggling for quite a few years now. I could bang on about the state of the NHS at that point and how it got there, but it would not help at this moment in time. And anyway, the Conservatives still got a huge majority despite the NHS, the same organisation that suddenly everyone loves and claps for?
Now imagine in December 2020 when we get seasonal flu again and if we have not gotten to grips with Covid; the end result would be scary indeed. We at least do have the Nightingale hospitals, it is absurd that some news channels are complaining that they are being underused because they could come in extremely handy at the end of the year, and we have a new sense of just how important the NHS is.
What gets me is the rhetoric from the government who has continually refused to accept any responsibility for the delay in locking down, the dreadful PPE situation, the comparatively high number of deaths and the fact they pushed the NHS to this point over the past decade. Back to the point of having faith, some honesty would help here.
I actually think the government has done its very best in terms of handling the economy and protecting as many people as possible, but the rhetoric continues and I can see through it every single day. No responsibility taken, numbers quoted above solutions and still other stuff is happening in the background that seems to have been forgotten. Where is the Russia report? Are we still deliberately pushing for a no deal Brexit (on top of the current economic issues)? And so on…
In some areas the government has surprised me and done well, and we should all want the government to succeed at the moment, but it would be nice to see some acceptance of errors made at the start of this crisis so that more people are likely to have faith in what is being said to them when they are asked to continue the lockdown.