These are a vivid record of life during Lockdown during the Covid pandemic. They relate the frustrations and daily life along with the views of a man in Yorkshire.
The Corona Diaries – Day 106
Tortoiseshell caterpillars on the nettles.
Back at the beginning, a death toll of 126 seemed a lot. Sadly, it doesn’t now. 352 new cases yesterday (plus however many untested). I have no faith in any of the figures they are pumping out! They are all massaged.
I think Johnson’s handlers must be pulling their hair out. He is a liability. He’s a real contortionist – every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it! Or is this part of the government ploy to deflect criticism on to others? If I remember rightly – the ring of protection they threw around Care Homes was:
- No advice – apart from you’ll be alright
- No PPE (you don’t need it)
- And shoving a whole lot of elderly people with Covid 19 out of the hospitals into Care Homes to infect the inmates and kill thousands.
Now Johnson is trying to say that the thousands of deaths are nothing to do with them but was the incompetence of the Care Homes – incredible. No wonder those people are so angry.
So Jair Bolsonaro has Covid 19 – the little flu – well I hope he discovers it is more than the sniffles. If he were to die it would be poetic justice and good riddance. He is responsible for many deaths.
In the USA Trump is suffering a slump! Due to his appalling handling of both the virus and the BLM people are waking up to his incompetence. About time. The news is that he paid someone to take his exams for him because he knew he wouldn’t pass. I would believe that. His response to the slump in popularity is to move on to the attack and start using the race card. The protestors are now fascists attacking the wonderful heritage of the nation – that wonderful heritage is the slave owners, exploiters and profiteers, the racists, warmongers and callous elite. That’s OK with Trump – he’ll fire up his base. They love those confederate flags and good old days of the Ku Klux Klan.
Today I went for a walk up my hill. It was overcast but great. A kestrel hovered over our heads. All was right with the world.
I came back, played some Traffic , cleared up after decoration, and tried to watch a bit of cricket (rain stopped play)
Here’s to more cricket tomorrow and a fairer, more equal world, rid of populists!!
The Corona Diaries – Day 107
What is quite apparent (and disturbing) is that despite their obvious ineptitude the Tories are maintaining a lead (if a little reduced) over Labour. Johnson appears to have been able to ride out the Cummings fiasco and diverted attention away from his incompetence. He is also hiding the gravity of the Brexit situation from public view. You have to give him credit; he’s a first-class conman.
Whether, once this mess is over, the proper scrutiny of government actions will take place, is anybody’s guess. They have the media in their pocket. But surely questions about the Cygnus report, the lack of PPE, the state of the NHS which has been run down under the Tories, the lack of beds and ventilators, the way the elderly were treated, the fiasco of the Test and Trace app, the inept Test and Trace system and the timing of lockdown, must all come into play? We don’t get to have the worst record in Europe for nothing!
For all his jolly cheer leading real leadership has been sadly lacking. I think they have shown up Johnson for what he is – an empty puppet, lazy and incompetent, operated by Cummings. The sooner the electorate wakes up to that, the better. We’ll see what happens when the job losses kick in and are compounded by job losses from Brexit. Maybe reality will hit home.
Meanwhile in the USA Corona is getting out of control. A combination of opening too soon coupled with a lot of denial and stupid behaviour has created the highest rise in new cases yet. Trump is trying to pass it off as a result of more testing but that isn’t the case. It’s bad management and poor leadership.
The number of new cases is still over 900. It appears to have plateaued. Time will tell if it will come down or go into a second surge. My money’s on a surge. Until the government get their track and trace going properly I don’t think we’ll be in control.
Sadly it seems that now we are coming out of lockdown no lessons have been learnt. The roads are back to normal. Nature is on the retreat. I was hoping for more working from home and less traffic.
Today is a miserable day. It’s cold and wet. The T-shirt, shorts and sandals are back in the cupboard. I’m back in trousers, shoes, jacket and rainproof. I even wore gloves for my walk! Did not see any nature at all. The animals were all sheltering.
So I went back home, put on my Tom Robinson Band and started sorting photos!
Stay safe everyone!