The Corona Diaries – Day 702

It was a cold, dank miserable, gloomy day in Yorkshire – sorry, that’s as positive as I can managed. For me January is a month to be endured rather than enjoyed. It’s a bonus if there is a pleasant day. Due to global warming we’ve had more bonuses than usual but this wasn’t one of them.

I’ve stayed in, played some Roy Harper and focussed on the editing as well as having one of those exhilarating, lengthy telephone exchanges as I endeavour to renew my telephone, internet and TV package. Aah, the intricate complexities of modern life.

Once everything was easy!! Now we have competition. That is supposed to bring our prices down – not something I’ve ever noticed. The result of this competition is complexity. Different companies (run by sharp millionaires intent on parting you from your money) offer increasingly complex packages that are almost impossible to decipher and compare. It takes forever to sort out a good deal, in order to avoid dying from old age by endlessly comparing, you simply give up and say ‘yes’.

I’m now locked into a two-year deal. Now to sort out my gas, electricity, water, insurance, car insurance, MOT and the rest of it. I look forward to many more thrilling hours on hold.

The world is inhabited by leeches who are looking for suckers. That is a bit strange as leeches are suckers. Never mind.

Meanwhile, out in Coronaland, life goes on much as usual – except it feels as if things are about to happen on a number of fronts.

Firstly, we have the future of our resident clown and secondly, we have the prospect of the third world war and thirdly, we have the USA melting down into either a tyrannical fascist state or a civil war.

We live in interesting times that might well become a lot more interesting. Maybe we don’t have to worry about global warming after all? We’ll all be dead!

The three of these seem to be linked to me. The wave of right-wing extreme populism has destabilised the world. It led to the election of imbeciles such as Johnson, Trump and Bolsonaro all of whom only care about getting obscenely rich and having enormous power. The future of mankind and the planet is of no importance.

Bolsonaro wants to flatten the Amazon rainforest for timber, mining and farming so that he can make himself the richest person on the planet.

Trump wanted to open up the national parks and Alaska for fracking, mining and oil. He wanted to keep the old polluting oil, gas and coal industries so that he could be re-elected and make huge amounts of money. Then there was the cosying up to fellow tyrants and the spreading of lies, conspiracy and undermining of experts and science.

Johnson wanted Brexit and rode on the back of extreme nationalism in order to get elected. He made lying an art and used soundbites and optimistic stupidity to fool people.

This week our shambolic excuse for a Prime Minister is likely to be kicked out. It isn’t because of the long line of lies, the years of ineptitude, his terrible record on Covid, the disaster of Brexit, the horror of this bunch of extremists who he fronts or any of that. The media have been covering that up for ages. His bubble has burst because they no longer see him as a winner. The media have loved him because, as a shambolic clown he has been excellent for headlines. When he moves to being pathetic and negative he is no longer fun. They’ve turned on him. The public, being so easily led have also turned. The Tories, being totally concerned with their own power and wealth, will kick him out. He’s now a liability.

Like the other two Johnson was elected on a wave of nationalistic bullshit based on fear and xenophobia. The same bullshit, caused by Muslim terrorism and mass immigration (due to war, global warming and tyranny), created the election of Trump.

The weakening of the Western alliance, as a result of Trump, Brexit and the disintegration of the USA and EU, coupled with the current divisions in the USA and UK has created a dangerous time. North Korea is busy developing nuclear ballistic missiles, China is encroaching all over the world and Russia is about to invade another of its neighbours.

We’ll see how all these dice fall.

As more lies and parties emerge the pressure mounts. Nobody believes him anymore. Sue Gray has referred Johnson’s partying and law-breaking to the MET. She says that there was evidence of lawbreaking with no plausible defence. Getting rid of this self-serving fool is a small step in the right direction – as long as it leads to us getting rid of these profiteering extremists.

So, yesterday the number of cases rose to 94,397 new cases with 54 more deaths. It’s going up!! Is Johnson’s gamble going to work? The WHO say that more variants are on the horizon!!

Stay safe – I don’t know whether to quickly build a nuclear shelter, learn Mandarin or simply go back into lockdown!

4 thoughts on “The Corona Diaries – Day 702

  1. Talking of car insurance, ours has just dropped from £455 fully comp for two cars to £245 fully comp for two cars. One car, an ancient 2003 Golf Mk4 diesel with 160,000 miles on the clock is now £96, and the other, a 2015 Golf Mk7 petrol is £145. LV= were the cheapest years ago and have remained consistently the cheapest. I was bit surprised by this drop but all the paperwork is the same as it has ever been…nothing has changed. They probably don’t think the Mk4 is worth very much!

    Maybe it’s where we live and our spotless driving records! Because of our results, a friend of mine tried LV and couldn’t get anywhere close to our price for his two cars.


    1. That sounds extremely unusual!! Prices going down? Whatever next.
      I just find all this process extremely frustrating and time-consuming. The situation with energy prices has gone mad!! The insurance situation is probably the most stable of them all. I’ve just negotiated our TV,internet and phone – costs a fortune!

  2. Opher – My best advice – ‘ I don’t know whether to quickly build a nuclear shelter, learn Mandarin or simply go back into lockdown!’ – is to do all three at the same time, then sit back and watch the world continue to turn in on itself and descend into madness.

    To preempt the findings of the Sue Gray report, do you think she will conclude that BoJo has been running No.10 as a Frat House?!

    Off topic – to help your winter blues – but knowing you enjoy a bit of science, did you read of the law commissions consideration of laws pertaining to The Automated Vehicle Act that includes driver-supported cars, and fully self-drive cars eg. Tesla-like vehicles. The article brings one to realisation that what was once sci-fi is already happening, and that there is now need to define legal frameworks that hold automated machines (and their creators) to account when things go badly wrong. (1) It made me consider a time when A.I surpasses transcends our intelligence..,how do we hold a superior entity to account. How could we prove its motivation or intention?


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    1. The future is certain. They’ve been trialling automated cars and lorries all over the world. I reckon car ownership will soon be a thing of the past. Each community will have a pool of cars to collect you and deliver you. It’ll be much more efficient and less polluting. No longer clogging up streets with parked cars, no wasted two-way journeys.
      Will it be safe?? I reckon so – once they are all automated.
      Sci-fi is the future brought into the present.

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