The Corona Diaries – Day 299

I’m sitting in my den listening to Leonard Cohen on a cold rainy day in Yorkshire. I’m contemplating going out for my walk this afternoon. I’m feeling a bit lazy today.

I’ll get it together!

Meanwhile, out in Coronaland I’m listening to some right-wing nutcase telling me that the storming of the Capitol was orchestrated by the left and that the election was definitely stolen.

America is pulling itself apart with conspiracy, lies and intolerance. The nutcases rule. We have armed militia, religious extremists and the north south divide. All sanity has fled.

The inauguration of Biden is going to be a quiet affair – the threats from right-wing morons is too great! What a sad state of affairs. Democracy is a casualty of Trump and the Tea Party. We’ll see what freedom means when America is in the hands of feudal warlords. It’s Mad Max for real!

I wonder what the world will be like when China is the only superpower??

Biden has a real job on his hands. Trump has left a legacy of chaos – not least of which is the terrible Covid situation. He’s inheriting a nightmare. The virus is increasing at the rate of 240,925 new cases a day with 3744 deaths. By the time Trump is finally kicked out the death toll will be over 400,000. A terrible legacy. Sooner or later someone is going to ask the question – how come a place like New Zealand has no new cases or deaths? How come they have only had 25 deaths in total? How come a poor Asian country like Vietnam, with all its poverty and crowded cities, has only had 35 deaths?

The answer is Trump.

Here in the UK Trump-light Johnson has a similar (if not worse) record of incompetence. We have another 55,000 new cases despite this partial lockdown and there were another 1280 deaths. So back to work and eat out to die. We’re world beating!

It seems to me that what we need is decisive leadership. No dithering, macho posturing or complacence. These are the attributes that kill.

Shut the bloody borders! Track Trace and Isolate! Hunt the virus and eradicate it. Then back to normal!

We’ve had world-beating incompetence.

I just hope after this virus has gone that we do something about this unequal society and start rewarding the crucial people better – the cleaners, carers, drivers, nurses, police, teachers, shelf stackers, food pickers, posties, deliverers and doctors – the ones who count.

What are our values? Who is worth more?

Perhaps we’ll plug a few of those tax loopholes and use the money to give our real workers pay rises? But we’ll probably continue to give most of the money to the same olf elite – the bankers and CEOs, the multinational companies and the elite entertainers and sportspeople!

Nothing will change. The inequality will just become greater!

Stay safe!!

9 thoughts on “The Corona Diaries – Day 299

      1. Close the loopholes, don’t be lax
        Graduate the income tax
        The economy will have a bounce
        Just from taxing the off-shore accounts

      2. An excellent start Bumba.

        Everyone should be aware
        Ensure fat cats pay their share
        For fairness in the economy
        We need greater equality.

      3. OK – I’ve written a bit more! Down to you for the musical genius!
        Fair Taxation

        Close the loopholes, don’t be lax
        Graduate the income tax
        The economy will have a bounce
        Just from taxing the off-shore accounts

        Fair taxation! Fair taxation!
        The heart of any civilised nation!

        Everyone should be aware
        Ensure fat cats pay their share
        For fairness in the economy
        We need greater equality.

        Fair taxation! Fair taxation!
        The heart of any civilised nation!

        So politicians do what’s right
        Graduate the tax tonight.
        The whole country will cheer
        If those loopholes disappear!

        Fair taxation! Fair taxation!
        The heart of any civilised nation!

        Opher & Bumba 17.1.2017

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