Corona virus – Between a Rock And a Hard Place.
My previous post – ‘Cometh the Hour – Cometh The Man’ was changed when Boris Johnson became ill.
Many, like me’ consider him to be in the Churchill mould,and the virus his chance to prove similar inspiring,rousing leadership.
He could still.There are many examples in history of Generals rising from their sickbeds to win wars.
I can’t recall Churchill doing that,but it does remind me – He was on the toilet when the Lord Privy Seal called to see him.’Inform him that I am sealed in the privy’said Winston.
Some senior UK MP’s,with thoughts in a turmoil by the serious form of the virus afflicting the Prime Minister,and I’m sure,we all,friend and foe, are sending get well prayer vibes winging through the ether to him in Westminster hospital.
Some anxious MP’s,will not want to be rocking the boat of a united government,but know that a leadership power vacuum is dangerous,especially with the chief medical advisers saying the lockdown must continue until the end of May.
Whispering s overheard among concerned MPs testing support – “We cannot destroy jobs of the young to save lives of the old ” – “There comes a point when the cure is more harmful than the disease” – “The lockdown strategy intends well, but history shows the pathway to hell is paved with good intent” – “We must decide the lesser of 2 evils.”- “Those who the gods would destroy, they first make mad”.
Corona virus. Sweden is probably the only country not to adopt a full lockdown policy,but are now seeing infection and death averages rising above nations that have full lockdown.
But they have their businesses,shops,schools and general economy still operating to 75%.
It always was a trade off.A compromise.They can also go to full lockdown if the situation is judged to warrant it.
Of course every effort must be be made to give the best medical care for the sick.But a balance must be struck.
Modern generations,that have known nothing but good times,seem unaware that real money comes from the economy,from trade industry & services.
Today in advanced countries the spending departments of government – health.Police.Social Services.Defence,etc, far outnumber the earning departments – Trade.Agriculture.Finance.Music & Film, Technology. etc.
It wasn’t always so.’The world doesn’t owe you a living,earn or starve’ was drummed into us regularly.
In hard times, the family breadwinner had priority when food was scarce. In the 1930s,my father who did hard manual farm work stoked up energy for the day with rashers of fat streaky bacon,home salt cured, from our own pig,as most villagers did.
The rest of our family enjoyed the same, until running low,when breakfast for we non-earners became toast & jam or dripping.
I am worried – The next week or two are crucial for saving the economy, I think.
Decision – What is for the greater good?