Part 1 may be read here.
What total and complete utter garbage! There are thousands of older people, shunted off to care homes, not, as the millenniums and some of the second wave boomers will tell you because we need to wrap them up in cosy comfort (often paid by the taxpayer) after they have been forced to sell off their homes and use their savings, but because it’s convenient ‘for us’ that is and ‘we’ don’t want the responsibility of looking after mom and dad because we to have our lives to live don’t we? Compassion? ‘Tell it to the marines,’ and then ask care home and nursing home staff how many of their residents get regular support or even visits from their close relatives.
Frankly some of the articles written by journalists are just plain out-of-touch class-driven elitist rubbish and are offensive to many, but presumably not to their followers who, last weekend, were crowding into garden centres to buy gazebos, garden furniture, barbeques and patio heaters, because ‘if we can’t get out from home we can sit on the patio but need to be warm’.
So we are buying all this before stocks run out. You could not make this up, or, as that well known part-time resident of the Chipping Norton belt who was given media space to proclaim this week: “I’m fearful of the future, we’ve had a ‘blackout’ – a sign of things to come, and many of these people will come out of this without a penny in the bank.” What makes him think they are not one paycheque away from financial ruin any time?
Not that would worry his friends down at their packed local who were all boasting how they will all be ‘working from home’. Let’s hope their employers don’t realise that if somebody is working from home you may not need them at all or that somebody can also work from home in another country and at half the cost. That may focus a few ‘woke’ millennium minds.
While they are about it, these people may like to stop their childish bleating about the ‘blitz spirit’ and the ‘wartime spirit’. Coming from a generation that is devastated when the dog makes a mess on the kitchen floor or the wi-fi internet connection goes down, and demands ‘trigger’ warnings on TV programmes and safe spaces in universities, that is really offensive to a generation who have seen and witnessed deprivation and financial hardship when they were growing up, worked and fought their way through death and destruction on the home front and where death from infections and epidemics was a regular fact of life, never mind the effects of wartime enemy action.
There is only so much that the public at large will put up with from these overpaid politically-driven media celebrities. A warning was given during the election, witness the growing disaffection with the BBC and other news channels. Start a class and generation war which has largely been hidden thanks to cheap finance and a standard of living, along with a lifestyle that they cannot afford, and they will, when people realise they have been misled and lied to and come to realise that there is no such thing as a free lunch or virtual reality.
Not that any of this is new or news, what is, is the way that many of the generations following World War 2 keep talking about things of which they have little experience and even less knowledge. Second wave boomers who have no memory of post war austerity, of clothing and food (not to mention sweet) coupons, tell us about the Dunkirk spirit, the blitz spirit and all being in it together. Not born until the mid-1950s? Where do they get this knowledge from – the Janet and John book of World War two?
Not that many of them are demonstrating any Dunkirk spirit, queueing before 7.00 am at local supermarkets here for the ‘silver surfers’ hour and still buying everything in sight, in multiples at that. Evoking a wartime spirit that actually, at times, was not that much to be proud of. Despite the vast majority getting on with it – police fire and ambulance staff civil defence staff, not to mention Home Guard, often over 70 years of age, people often found that on returning home they had not only been bombed out but treasured belongings had been stolen, there was a thriving ‘black market’ run by spivs, crime rates and murder rates increased and there were, it seems, hundreds of deserters from the armed services.
But for all that, the fact remains most of the population did stick it out, were not, for the most part, given to either mass hysteria or panic even during the V1 and much more frightening V2 attacks, against which there was no warning or defence. The media on the whole behaved in a responsible way and even if pushing out government propaganda (and there was certainly a lot of that) the message was, in the main, positive and cheerful, even in the face of such tragedy and adversity that today’s generations would, given the display of panic and stupidity of sections and all ages of society would find hard to take.
More people have died this year from seasonal flu which has gone unnoticed it seems by many. But this is ‘different’, scream the media experts. It certainly is. If ‘1940 was our finest hour’, 2020 just shows how different. If, in years to come, children ask parents what they did in the great virus war, did people really panic and fight in shops for loo rolls and refuse to follow simple rules like washing your hands and keeping away from pubs and clubs and groups? Was the army really brought in to police the streets? Will you answer: “Well yes, Joshua, it was very serious. Our freedom to do as we liked was at risk, everything affected us, going out was dangerous, old people were frightened food was going to run out, we couldn’t go to pubs or clubs or the movies, we couldn’t travel and go on holidays and, worst of all, the internet slowed down.” ‘Oh, my god, it was amazing and really scary.’ Good heavens Dad, say that’s a joke, you didn’t really talk like that did you, Oh my god how totally amazingly childish.
Told to say at home, one lady told me, the wartime population had no choice. You went where you were sent and for the duration, like it or not, went to school the next day when some of your friends had been killed the night before, and didn’t get a decent meal for months on end. “I was eight before I even saw an orange.”
When the reality of life, never mind the virus, hits the masses the media had better be ready for the backlash and from where I’m sitting it’s already starting.