Lockdown 2.0…


So along with the other one point five million good folks of my home county, we found ourselves placed in the highest bracket of England’s new three tier system of lockdown rules this week, a traffic light system as it were.

The system was introduced as a series of measures to reduce infection rates, increase ICU availability and ultimately decrease mortality numbers.

We have been told time and time again to follow the science, and many of us have done just that, albeit not the science that this woeful and truly incompetent government would have us believe.

Those who seek the whole truth and not the truth from “trusted media outlets” like the BBC and Sky, have found gaping holes in the science and much worse, which includes the redirection of public funds to private sector industry, more specifically to organisations that have close affiliation to the incumbent prime minister and his cronies (all without impartial and unbiased tender processes).

What the science tells me is that something is very wrong in this country. When you overlay the areas of infection which have the most draconian measures applied, a few things become very clear all of a sudden.

The first and most obvious observation are that the hotspots are places in the north of England. Second, almost all of these areas are Labour strongholds where little to no Tory candidates wield power. Third, the amount of test centres and testing is disproportionate in those areas of high infection when compared to other “Blue” parts of the political map. And it is in those very same areas where unemployment is higher, so when the government incentivised testing for those out of work (via hard luck or choice) by increasing the amount of benefits folks would receive if they tested positive, it doesn’t take a genius to work out why these areas are spiking. Finally, in our case, we have a brand new hospital sitting empty in the city centre, barren and idle once again due to government contracts, this time it’s abject construction leaving the health centre a health hazard and the eventual collapse of the construction company responsible, Carillion, as well as the potential of the building itself. Not only that, but it is clear to all that the NHS is broken, critically underfunded and simply does not have the correct number (and properly paid) medical support staff nor the capacity to cope with normal situations, never-mind issues such as COVID-19, all of which puts a squeeze on the medical profession and puts the onus on the people to do something and misdirect attention away from the governments catastrophic approach to social care in this country.

All of this put together stinks of something rotten and rather sinister.

Sadly, the local council here have always been as corrupt as their Westminster counterparts. Back in the bleak days of the 1980’s, Margaret Thatcher attempted to put this town into “managed declined” when she decimated the manufacturing industry and eroded employee rights. We fought back then, literally, via the infamous Toxteth riots, only to be saved by an unlikely hero (Conservative MP Michael Hesseltine) who stood up against the government and said no.

Our local council took advantage of the situation back then and via a branch of socialism known as Militant Tendency, proceeded to be, on the face of it, a flagship of equality, whilst behind closed doors pocketed many of the centrally allocated funds proving once again that some people are more equal than others.

So here we are exactly forty years later in another period of “managed decline”, the strong arm of the law policing establishments l and issuing fines and criminal records on people not abiding by the rules as laid out by a totally inept regime (central government and local mayor who appears to have both seemed to have sold us down our famous river) neither of which know their arses from their elbows.

In stark contrast, our old nemesis Manchester have a strong leader who is not taking it lying down. He and his comrades have formed a Manchester united (not the football club) and refuse to be walked over like Liverpool, unless the true science is followed and a just and fair economic package (for all businesses and self-employed people throughout the supply chain, not just those asked directly to close) is delivered for its constituents. Many of us in Liverpool stand besides our northern kin, albeit with head lowered due to our own spineless leaders here.

To further paint a picture of our pathetic prime minister, not only does he not understand his own rules (again getting found out last night), but within two days, his clear three tier system is now four, with Lancashire negotiating their own deal which allows gyms to stay open, whilst they are closed here.

Never in my time have I witnessed such a pathetic and totally out of their depth government, clearly led by a bunch of “bellends” as they say here. Hats off to local entrepreneur Dan Davies for renaming and rebranding one of his closed public houses here this week.

So we sit at home and watch the drama unfold before our eyes. Thankfully, my family are not greatly impacted by the latest measures, but many folks across our county are so this weekend we will stand alongside them at planned and socially distanced demonstrations in the city centre, putting our hands in our pocket for local causes where we can.

My daughter came to me this week and said she was studying something in English she didn’t quite understand.

“Dad, what does dystopia mean?”

“Well”…………

4 thoughts on “Lockdown 2.0…

  1. I don’t think about “politics” as such. Just the human condition. Left and right have committed equal atrocities and cronyism is just as prevalent in the far right as the far left. Remember all those luxury dachas?

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  2. The real problem is human nature and the absurdity of a capitalist system which allows zillionaires to rule the roost while billions live in poverty and misery. Science tells us the universe is infinite as are its resources. We must ensure plenty for all and stop allowing the resources of this tiny planet to be hogged by big business and politics.

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  3. I’m not religious in any conventional sense but fellows like JC and the Buddha saw through the situation many thousands of years ago. The situation has not improved much in the past two thousand odd years. Pity we didn’t listen.

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  4. Agree with you on all fronts. There was talk back in June via the World Economic Fund about The Great Reset, which looks to address climate change, poverty and the likes but after watching several of the virtual segments on YouTube I came away with the realisation that it’s all just chatter and pipe dreams.

    Whilst the world is run by 2095 billionaires (according to Forbes 2020), each with their own agenda to increase their own personal power and wealth, and corrupt governments (red, blue or other) who use public finances to do what they want and fear to control what people do and how people think and subsequently act, what real chance do we have to reset?

    As time goes by, the outlook for my children becomes even more dystopian, for my youngest daughter especially, which is why traditional education methods and locking her in to a broken society may not be the best way forward and a life off-grid whilst the planet as a whole sorts it shit out may be the better option. Not that we are allowed into our proposed hideaway haven in the Welsh mountains at present due to lockdown restrictions.

    Oh well, as Eric Idle once chimed:

    “Some things in life are bad
    They can really make you mad
    Other things just make you swear and curse
    When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
    Don’t grumble, give a whistle
    And this’ll help things turn out for the best

    And always look on the bright side of life
    Always look on the light side of life

    If life seems jolly rotten
    There’s something you’ve forgotten
    And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
    When you’re feeling in the dumps
    Don’t be silly chumps
    Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing

    And always look on the bright side of life
    Come on!
    Always look on the right side of life”…

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