The Government has been coming in for a barrage of criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic with accusations of them not doing enough, not doing it quickly enough and showing no sense of urgency.
Meanwhile, supermarket shelves are being cleared as panic grows in a way not seen in any of our lifetimes.
A Government’s job is to show leadership during times of crisis and the best way to do that is to be the calm in the middle of the storm, which is exactly what our guys have been doing.
While the rest of the country is running around like chickens with their heads cut off, our elected leaders are working to a timetable. Further measures are being introduced on a daily basis, but the timing of those measures are being planned carefully according to when they can be most effective, partly in an effort to achieve a “herd immunity” (where up to 60 per cent of us will get COVID-19 in a mild form and thus build an immunity to it) but also because the scientific advice they are working to is obviously considering how society has behaved so far – which is every man for himself.
Call it human nature if you like, but I believed we were better than that. Our grandparents certainly were. They wouldn’t have behaved like this. They knew how to handle a crisis.
If widespread social distancing had been implemented any earlier then by the time the virus hits its peak in a couple of months, there’s every chance that the pondlife stocking up now on bog roll and bread will run out of patience and render the whole exercise a waste of time and effort, drawing out the emergency for even longer.
Pity their parents didn’t buy up all the condoms when they had the chance.
I’m the first to question authority – there have been so many times we’ve been let down – but in this particular case, I think our Government is actually doing the right thing.
And if we can actually exercise a bit of common sense instead of behaving like savages this emergency can be dealt with, obviously not without casualties – that’s unavoidable, but if half of us can just stop being irresponsible, selfish twats we can and will prevail – together in solidarity.
Isolation doesn’t have to mean isolated
An old friend of mine pointed out in a video on Facebook this week how negative and inappropriate the word ‘isolation’ is during this emergency.
According to the Collins English Dictionary, isolation is “the state of feeling alone and without friends or help”, which is really not the point at all.
Even someone like myself, who doesn’t particularly like people at the best of times and whose idea of luxury is listening to King Crimson and Pink Floyd with headphones on, closed off from the world, needs his children and grandchildren around him.
My girlfriend is a carer and she had to avoid her elderly parents at the weekend just in case her migraine was actually the start of something else.
We may be restricted in our physical interaction out of necessity and distance, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay in contact with our loved ones. If my parents were still alive I would certainly have made sure they knew how to use Face Time and Skype and I suggest all of you lucky enough to still have your mum and dad around should do that.
Also, there are plenty of civilised, kind people around who rather than spend their time ambushing shelf stackers and fighting over pasta, are helping the elderly and vulnerable in their communities so that they don’t feel isolated.
Not in the mood for thickos on TV quiz shows this week, but my mood has been lightened by an advertisement that even rivals the coffee bags ad.
I don’t know what the hell they’re advertising, but “I’m holding a duck” is genius.