You can read the first part of ‘Just a walk in the park’ here
Some recent comments made by senior civil servants, local government officials and emergency service personnel may suggest to many that there actually could well be a problem with much of the public sector and any third sector organisation with ‘trust’ in its title (National Trust anyone?) which operates in the ‘not the’ United Kingdom. To be fair though, if you, as either somebody made redundant from what was until the last few months a respectable and fairly stable job in the private sector, or one of the three million people who received little comfort from ‘we are all in this together – Boris’ or ‘Dishy Rishi’s’ furlough payments, you can rest assured that, like advertising and marketing, ‘if you don’t understand the message, it’s not aimed at you’, in which case, you may like to ask why you are expected to keep paying taxes for it.
Not that government messages seem to be having much of a success at the moment; well, apart from devotees of the mainstream media and BBC and Sky News – you can tell them as they all wear face masks in their gardens, in the street and large public areas. Incredibly, I watched somebody wearing a face muzzle driving at 60 mph towards me in an open top sports car this morning, which just goes to show the power of advertising or its 2020 equivalent ‘brainwashing’.
Goodness knows what will happen next. Maybe people will be standing outside their homes at an agreed time clapping something or other in the sky and calling the people who don’t or won’t clap ‘lunatics’, which is apparently anyone who doesn’t actually think that the World Health Organization is the unbiased font of world knowledge, that government advisors don’t have any particular axe to grind and do not have vested interests, but who thinks that ‘following the science’ actually means taking cognisance of other eminent scientific thought, that the cabinet headed by Boris Johnson would have given deep thought to the consequences of what they were saying and the diktats they were issuing instead of riding roughshod over Parliamentary procedure and the rights of citizens that can be traced back to the Magna Carta. But then, as our world class educational system barely turns out anyone with a grasp of history further away than last week, why should we worry?
Well, thank goodness there are amongst us those to do worry and have a grasp of what is going on here and just what is at stake. Never would the war-time generation of whom we hear so much when it suits the government and the media, have thought for one minute that the mass of the population in the United Kingdom would give up and be cowed into submission by a virus. Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents were not frightened into sullen submission by the First World War, the great flu epidemic, the great economic depression or the trials and tribulations of the Second World War.
‘OK boomer’ you may say (as many do, not knowing what they are talking about and probably unable to cope with one tenth of what those generations endured), but we are where we are. Too right we are, and it’s been warned against for at least the last 30 years. So what has happened to change the nature of a nation that, in the life time of the baby boomers, saw the Korean War, Suez Crisis, the cold war, the threat of nuclear war, the decline of the nation’s industrial might and it’s Armed Services, The Falklands War, two Gulf Wars, the Northern Ireland troubles, various threats from economic forces and health scares; who can forget the flu epidemic that killed thousands in 1968/69, HIV Aids, ebola, bird flu, swine flu, you name it, the post war generations have seen it all. So what happened to the backbone of the nation? Certainly the age of instant 24/7 TV, manipulated news and opinion must have had some part to play but, is it as many suspect, to paraphrase the words of Harold ‘super mac’ Macmillan, too many have had too easy and too good for too long, combined with a culture of no fault, no blame, of little personal responsibility and too much instant credit and instant cash.
If they haven’t already done enough damage to the health and futures of millions, apparently scientists or government ministers are considering various new lockdown restrictions. This time it’s mooted that ‘we’ should ‘shield’ the over 45s. Well, there’s a thought. Why not make it 35 as across the age groups you can see that people even in their 50s, 60s and 70s have never ever grown up, cosseted by the welfare state, safe in the knowledge that nanny NHS will take care of their health and social service provision, narcissistic and selfish in the extreme, besotted by Twitter selfies (the clues in the name), and never ever having to face or deal with anything outside of their closeted experience, never ever having to deal with anything nasty. You can see it in their behaviour, their mode of dress, and the mawkish sentimentality that has pervaded British life since the death of Diana. Everything, every ‘tragedy’ swept away, with a bunch of flowers or pretty lights, or unimaginative sentimental comments on Twitter.
Now, for the first time in generations many adults, instead of showing clear and leadership to younger generations, cower behind face coverings, closed windows and net curtains, ready to ‘dob in’ their neighbours for not following some edict or other; they queue up in masks and sunglasses to panic buy – often anything that moves – because a teenage influencer on social media creates a panic that’s taken up by some main-stream media journalist too self-important to get away from a keyboard and actually talk to people in the street.
Thanks to the marvels of the latest technology, people can and do talk to others all over the world, and what do you find? That many are totally bemused by what is happening in the UK and by the demoralising picture painted by the British media.
It looks as if the coming months will be difficult; unemployment will cause financial hardship for many and the ongoing psychological attack by government departments and civil serpents, aided by sections of the media, on the morale of the nation will do more damage than the virus.
Odd how anyone who points this out soon comes under attack from the media, although happily it’s good to see how many others are now getting back to some semblance of normality and ignoring all the gloom and doom.
It remains to be seen if they again will be dragged down by the sullen masses often soaking up the propaganda and fear agenda from the safety of the public sector and its furlough payments.
So far Boris has failed dismally to get a grip on just about everything, with the possible exception of Brexit, so perhaps a couple of once popular expressions may help Boris to get out of the self-made mire.
‘Pull your finger out’ or as HRH Princess Anne said on more than one occasion, ‘just naff off’.