The Prof is in the pudding

One of the most valuable of life’s lessons I taught my kids when they were growing up was that every decision, every action, has consequences and right or wrong it’s important to take responsibility for them. To own it for good or bad.

I’m so sick of this daily procession of people trying to exploit our inherent blame culture in a bid to justify their own political prejudices.

Now don’t go accusing me of being partisan (or worse, probably), it’s my job to hold authority to account for its actions, The Government certainly needs to answer for its shambolic handling of the COVID-19 testing process and I get the distinct impression they are about to rely on the public using something they plainly lack – common sense.

But the PPE shortage – as outrageous as it may be – is by no means exclusive to Britain and to blame Boris personally for delaying the lockdown, even to the point of holding him responsible for people’s deaths is utterly ridiculous.

There are even accusations being thrown about that the instructions, when they came, were not clear enough, which is a standard excuse used by culprits when they are caught doing anything they have been told not to.

It’s just so much easier to blame someone else, isn’t it? And who better than the Government? That’s what they’re there for, isn’t it – and it suits some people’s agenda who are still smarting from Brexit followed by the general election where, if you remember, the losers won the argument…apparently.

Well people, don’t complain you’re being treated like children when you’re acting like kids – and not even well behaved ones – and don’t moan about a tracing app robbing you of your personal liberties because that freedom is of little use if you’re choking your last on a ventilator.

The timing of the lockdown was judged using something called social science because it was correctly anticipated that after a few weeks certain idiots with zero sense would try to circumvent those regulations, rendering the whole exercise worthless.

All it needed was for the sun to come out over Easter and look what happened!

Even the Government’s own scientific advisor on coronavirus, Prof Neil Ferguson, couldn’t adhere to his own rules this week and he’s supposed to be reasonably intelligent.

You don’t get that level of stupidity in Spain. If a Guardia tells you to get inside you damn well do it because the “consequences” of not complying can be very swift and painful.

So as our fatalities become the worst in Europe and second worst worldwide, stop blaming anyone else but yourselves. Take some responsibility for the consequences of your own actions.

Isolation or incubation. You choose.

That means don’t think it’s OK to go to the beach or the park for a craft sunbathe. There may be some concessions coming to the distancing rules (a mistake in my opinion, and I’m as brassic as anyone!) but that doesn’t mean you can go tonguing each other as if you’re Charlie Parker.

My daughter told me that she was walking with my granddaughter on Friday and when they saw a group of people playing basketball, the little one shouted: “You’re naughty. You shouldn’t be doing that, you’re not allowed.”

Even a three year-old knows it. Adults not so much. Stay alert indeed!

Still, I’m sure they will find someone else to blame.

Don’t mention the war – I did once but I think I got away with it

I made the schoolboy error of going to get some shopping on Friday evening thinking I would make is as quick and as stress free as possible.

Then the cashier asked the guy in front of me: “So what’s all this stuff going on today?”, to which the chap replied: “Dunno, summink to do wiv the war I fink.”

And these are the surivors of the pandemic!

Makes lockdown a preference rather than an edict.

For my part, to Basildon’s Don Sheppard and all the other Second World War veterans still with us – thank you from the bottom of my heart.

DON SHEPPARD: Happy 100th birthday and thank you so much for your service
Photo: Martin Dalton
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Edward Case

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