The Corona Diaries – Day 416

It was a glorious day today. The sun was shining and it was warm! I started off doing a bit of editing and listening to some Slim Harpo then we decided to go out to the Moors for the day. We took a long five hour walk at Grosmont. It was fabulous. Needless to say I took a few snaps and will put them up tomorrow..

Lunch was a pork pie and pint of Black Sheep. Dinner was fish and chips (I know – a little light on vegetables and fruit – but I did have homemade chutney with the pie!). After I finish this I’m off to watch the footie! Looks like being an excellent day in lockdown! An indulgence!

Meanwhile, out in Coronaland the lies and sleaze go on unabated. Our former Tory PM assured the parliamentary committee that he was motivated to put pressure on his Tory colleagues out of public interest and it had nothing to do with the tens of millions he was making out of it. That’s right – an estimated £70 million. Remember, this is the @We’re all in it together’ guy – the one who created ten years of austerity for us, with pay cuts, zero hours and job losses. In Tory terms ‘we’re all in it together’ simply means that we’re taking cuts so they can make massive multimillion pound handouts. This is also the guy who said, when he was PM, that he was going to sort out the lobbying and make it transparent. He was right about it being a major crisis though wasn’t he? He just did not foresee that it would be him in the middle of it!

I wonder how much all these people like Cameron and Osborne are actually making? They pretend to be serving the country when in actual fact they are planning to use the knowledge and contacts to become billionaires! If that isn’t corruption I don’t know what is!

Advisors on boards. Advisors??? More like treasonous loophole fixers and contract fixers. It stinks.

Watch what happen to Johnson when he’s finally kicked out. What multimillion pound deals will he be already plotting. Soon £840 a roll wallpaper will be chickenfeed.

Speaking of inept clowns – who could have foreseen it??? The Indian virus is taking off like mad with huge Bolton surge. The variant is 60 times more contagious. Who could have foreseen that four weeks ago when they declined to shut the borders and allowed thousands of people to fly in from India completely unquarantined at a time when the variant was making a hellhole out of India. Who could possibly have known??

Well – we did know there was a new Indian variant that was of concern.

We did know that it was attacking younger people and people who had been vaccinated.

We did know that it was out of control in India and was killing tens of thousands.

We were aware that it might invalidate our own vaccination program.

We were aware that thousands of people were coming back from India – scared from hat they were seeing.

We do know that the successful countries all closed their borders and that this is the most important factor of all.





I Don’t suppose it had anything to do with Brexit and desperation for a trade deal with India. did it? I don’t suppose it was anything to do with that meeting Johnson was going to have with Modi??? No surely not? Nobody would be stupid enough to put the whole country at risk for the sake of a meeting with Modi and a trade deal with India, would they?

I suppose the Indian Variant and the subsequent lockdowns, deaths and economic hit is just another small thing we can add to the list of Brexit costs.

The NHS now has a backlog of 5 million cases to deal with. This is obviously due to Covid. It has nothing to do with years of underfunding, lack of resources and reserves, creeping privatisation, ten of thousands of unfilled vacancies for doctors and nurses (hostile environment, Brexit and underfunding) and grotesquely overworked and underpaid staff??

Then there’s the footie. The European cup is being played between two British teams!! Great stuff!! 6000 fans can attend. Great stuff!! The venue in Turkey for the cup final can’t be used because Turkey (under the populist Erdogan) is ravaged by coronavirus. They have to select a new venue.

No brainer eh? Two British teams. Wembley is available. We are in the midst of a pandemic. Travel, particularly abroad, is not to be encouraged. It’s Wembley!

No it isn’t.

It seems EUFA need 3000 seats for corporate executives. The UK won’t waiver quarantine for them. So they’ve opted for Portugal!!

So we can’t have 3000 people coming in from abroad but we can have 6000 going out and coming back.

I think Johnson and the Tory party must have come up with that one!!

I’m off to watch the footie!!

Stay Safe!!

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