Today was a lot warmer. I had quite a pleasant walk up on to my hill. I came back to discover a Hermes courier had delivered my Hendrix at Woburn Abbey album.
It is certainly not the best Hendrix live album – a bit of a messy one really – a lot of amp problems and distortion – but then any Hendrix is great Hendrix despite the problems.
It has particular significance for me because I was there in 68 and it was one of the most exciting gigs I’ve been too. So it was nice, for the first time, to listen to those sounds of yesteryear. Very nostalgic!
At the same time I was continuing my editing! It’s going well!!
Out there in Coronaland there is starting to be some analysis of our lamentable performance. 100,162 deaths. One of the worst performances in the whole world! Lamentable is probably the right word but doesn’t really come close. That is 1,400 deaths per million people. Appalling!!
The concensus was that countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia were prepared and took decisive action – They were fast to lockdown. They shut borders and insisted on isolation, imposed social distancing and mask wearing, had effective track and tracing – in other they had a plan!
Countries such as the UK, USA, Brazil and Italy walked into it with complacency, denial and were slow and useless.
To make matters worse it appears that our stats may be underestimating the number of deaths. The ecess deaths for this period are 110,100!
The government has repeated said that this pandemic has caught everyone unawares and there is no playbook. That’s a lie!
It did not catch everyone out and there was a playbook. It is the one all those countries with very low death rates have been following. They put it together following the SARS and MERS outbreaks. It works!
Out pathetic cross between a scarecrow and a clown said ‘I take full responsibility for everything the government has done.’
Is he taking responsibility for:
Not monitoring what was going on in China back in November 2000?
For running down the NHS for a decade?
For driving away nurses and doctors with their draconian hostile environment policy?
For not looking at the playbook from SARS and MERS?
For having no strategy?
For not having enough PPE stored for emergencies?
For not having enough store of chemicals for Test and Trace?
For ignoring what was going on in Europe during February and March?
For being utterly complacent?
For not shutting borders and testing people coming in?
For not having an adequate Test and Trace system?
For appointing useless people (proven to be useless) such as Dido Harding into organising Track and Trace and Apps just because they have Tory contacts?
For giving out huge sums of money to Tory cronies who had no experience of setting up apps or producing PPE but just happened to be Tory donors?
For locking down too late?
For not seeking help from countries who know?
For coming out with all manner of waffly cheerleading rubbish about world-beating, oven-ready, moonshots?
For stupid campaigns in the Summer – such as Eat Out To Help out and Back To The Office – which helped put up the rate of infection?
For vacillating on masks?
For sending kids back to school without adequate protection?
For sending students back to university to catch the disease and spread it?
For keeping superspreader events like horseracing and international football?
Seemingly he won’t take responsibility at all. He went on to say ‘We truly did everything we could.’
100,106 deaths is them doing everything they could!!
Well, despite their utter ineptitude the levels are coming down. We are getting through the winter. Vaccination is rolling out.
Stay safe! The end is nigh!