Part 1 can be read here.
Certainly, the present emergency has divided the opinion of the nation yet again, with many people not impressed or intending to take part in the national thank you NHS demonstration which has been described by one experienced journalist as mawkish behaviour.
Others though, have ‘reached out’ to the NHS by applauding in the street, banging, setting off alarms, sounding car horns, letting off fireworks (where did they get those from?) scrawling ‘we love the NHS’ on walls and even here, in St. Mary on the Wold, rainbow signs made by school children have appeared in the windows of homes proclaiming the same message. I’m not sure that children need to be worried by this new emergency, when many must only just be recovering from the climate emergency as told to them by just about everyone in sight, including the department for education, schools, celebrities and the media. From memory didn’t Boris reach out over that too? Interestingly all that and many other ‘issues’ seems to have taken a back seat for the moment.
All this reaching out is getting tedious, particularly if you are now finding out, as many people are, that the words of Rishi don’t mean a lot. It appears he can hardly do anything to wake up the civil service and local government officials who seem to be good at reaching to their own out but slow at providing assistance to people (this time not those living on the streets who have apparently suddenly been found accommodation), but people who are suddenly finding themselves, through no fault of their own, in financial difficulties because, as small business owners, the self-employed are at the bottom of the list when it comes to loans and grants or even the award of universal credit payments. Rishi was much applauded for his speech and in particular for telling worried people that ‘we’ are right behind you, ‘we will do what it takes’. He may have been better advised to assure people in this time of national emergency that he would ‘reach out and I’ll be there’ as the Four Tops did when some of us were much younger. It was an original and catchy hit then but, I’m not sure 50 odd years later the same would be true.
We have a joke central government, a useless civil service and now a brain-dead local government sector. All getting paid 100% of their salaries and gold-plated pension contributions, whilst self-isolating at home on sick leave. Meanwhile, private businesses are singing for their supper.
These useless incompetents have just put up council tax by 4%. When we have 1.8% inflation. The least they could do is empty the bins and open the local rubbish dumps. – Commenter. Daily Telegraph.
Comments such as these, and many more, will be found across the comment sections of the print media and in alternative media sources who are asking some difficult questions about the NHS, which, let’s face it, has been put on a pedestal by the media for years and then vilified when it suits. Liverpool Pathway anyone? or Dr. Harold Shipman? or even the ministrations of that TV bloke who used to be a friend of anyone who was anyone and ‘fixed’ quite a lot of things in his time.
As I write, the Queen, in an effort to motivate and bring everyone together is, for only the fourth time in her reign, going to address the nation. Many of the commenters on social media and in the columns of the popular press are not impressed, writing comments along the line of ‘so what?’ or ‘that will solve the problem then’. Now that will put my worries to rest…. … which just shows how far the media is promoting its worldwide, mostly anti-government agenda and working here to turn the public against the established institutions of the UK and at the same time working it seems to promote mass hysteria. So far though it’s not working and Boris has mass support and the confidence of millions, but a week is a long time in politics as Harold Wilson rightly said and Boris – and his advisors – need to have some convincing answers to the many and rising numbers of serious and qualified doubts people have to government strategy as well as being more than a little uneasy as to the role being played by the police.
Let’s hope that the Queen’s speech does bring the nation together. I somehow doubt that it will for many. Reality, not to mention financial reality, is about to hit and hit very hard, emotions and virtue signalling are fine and nice when you can afford it, anyone who thinks that everything will return to normal after this is going to feel, maybe for the first time, the wind of change with a dose of reality thrown in and that will include government, the establishment and, if they are not very careful, the monarchy.
It’s not all bad news though, British humour still seems alive and well, as one person said on hearing that the Queen would be broadcast, replied: “Great! I hope they do Bohemian Rhapsody, that’s my favourite.”