Friday, 3 July 2020
Liberation day - or danger?
It is becoming increasingly clear that the clique now in charge of 10 Downing Street, though first class campaigners, are not much good at responsible government.
In campaigning they won the Brexit Referendum against all the odds, and then an 80 seat majority in the Commons.
Sadly they use the same techniques in government as proved so successful in these campaigns: wild promises, exaggerated ( world beating) language, distortions of the truth, careless optimism.
The choice of tomorrow , Saturday 4th July, for an easing of social restraints, is a prime example of this: a well-known holiday date, and a weekend - an attempt to launch the end of "lockdown" with a bang, when a whimper would be far more appropriate.
I wonder if any of the "blue light" emergency services, police, fire, ambulance and A&E departments were consulted about the date? According to this morning's news they are preparing for the sort of mayhem that they normally expect an the last weekend before Christmas, when police prepare to dampen down public disorder and hospitals expect to be cluttered up with alcohol induced accident and injuries.
And now with the added danger of further spreading the coronavirus.
The safest approach to the easing of social lockdown would surely be to try to make it as low key as possible: certainly not a recognised holiday date, nor any weekend, not even a Monday, because people would anticipate it and splash out the day before - a Wednesday seems the most appropriate.
But no: our gung-ho government wants a festive atmosphere to revive the national spirits (and take away attention to their inadequacies.) Good campaigning stuff, but the very opposite of good government.
And having presumably having approved the date, if not actually suggesting it in the first place, Prime Minister Johnson has the gall to appeal to us to behave responsibly.
Fortunately, the weather for tomorrow doesn't look too good. Perhaps the Lord is on our side after all.