Autumn has come in with a vengeance. A big drop in temperature and an end to sunshine. Fortunately, I did my customary walk early before the rain set in and just came home a little damp.
Now I am at home working on my Harper book and playing Roy Harper interspersed with William Burroughs – seems appropriate – Roy was a beatnik.
I’m waiting for the BT engineer to turn up to correct my oscillating internet! He’s not showed up yet!
Outside in Coronaland the world is still topsy turvy and becoming more divided by the minute.
There are those who want everything back to normal and think it’s all exaggerated. Some even think it’s a hoax. It’s amazing how a stupid leader like Trump can poison minds. People are so gullible.
Others believe that it is a frightening disease on a par with the black death and we should completely lockdown until it’s gone.
I guess it’s somewhere in the middle. For a large number of people, it is fatal. For another group of people, it might prove permanently debilitating. For most, it is mild or merely like bad flu.
I suppose your viewpoint is coloured by which category you are in.
Johnson, as usual, makes a balls-up of it all. His bunch of libertarian extremists, who do not give a shit about anyone other than themselves, want the country opening up regardless of how many deaths that entails. He looks like a poor bunny with limp ears after being hounded by his own goons. Talk about a spent force!!
The measures he has come up with, trying to please everyone, fall short of pleasing anybody – and completely hopeless at controlling the virus. Of course, they will try to look for scapegoats – it will be the thoughtless public who are responsible.
Julian Metcalfe of Pret a Manger summed it up by claiming he was just spouting Churchillian nonsense.
What we need is some radical thinking and leadership. Eating and drinking outside, organising outside entertainment. The virus does not seem to transmit outside. It could have been done. It could have been encouraged. Much harder now that summer has gone – but not impossible.
I haven’t heard an apology for all that driving people back to work in the offices. What a stupid mistake.
It’s a balancing act – if we open up schools, universities and pubs there is going to be an increase in virus activity. That is obvious. It is how we do it more safely that requires explaining.
We either furlough the hospitality and entertainment industry and put money into it, or we see it go under.
We are presently careering upwards with 4,925 new cases. Unless that is stopped we’ll be in dire straits with Mark Knoppler. The hospital cases are going up rapidly and we certainly do not want a repeat of the extreme stress we were seeing in the first wave. The death-rate lags behind but is also ominously rising – 37 yesterday.
Are we going to dump more covid cases in the care homes and bump off our old folk again? Who knows? They are stupid and callous enough.
In the States Trump is looking at another 48,206 cases as the Yanks pass 200,000 deaths with predictions of 400,000 by next Spring. Some hoax.
200,000 is the equivalent of 67 consecutive 9/11s. That is a horrendous death toll. And the American people were terrified about terrorism! They started a few wars for a 67th of this number!
In Brazil, Bolsonaro is in the hospital with kidney stones, while Brazil has another soaring 33,536 cases and 836 deaths.
What a bunch of dangerous prats.
Anyway, keep yourselves safe, I’m going back to my writing. All the best.