Diary Entry: I’ve wanted to get a lot down on paper/file for a while. I’ll try to update as and when.
It’s Monday 06/04/2020, Boris Johnson spent a night in hospital last night. While I obviously hope he’s fine, I do hope also he gets a few quite moments to himself and realises how important universal healthcare is. The man’s a con artist, but even a con artist can be human.
That realisation may be one of the few positive take-aways at the moment – seeing just how lucky we are to have a (barely) functioning healthcare system that gives us at least a shot of surviving if things get really bad. It’s horrifying to think of those who don’t have that luxury. It’s horrifying to think of that as a luxury. Not that I needed convincing, but the NHS is by far and away the single greatest achievement of mankind. We can go to the moon anytime, ensuring that the poorest and most disadvantaged has world class healthcare is out of this world.
I have friends in the medical profession – a few doctors, a radiologist… they’re still complaining of poor PPE and not very reassuring when I ask what preparations are being made. It sounds as if there’s a complete failure of middle management – and that can be said for councils and universities as well. I hope I’ll come back to this some other time – I’d like to get my thoughts down. Friends and family across different professions are reporting similarly inept responses from middle or corporate management – not sure what the term is, but the ‘professional managers’ as opposed to the delivery/service related personnel.
Over the weekend we heard more reports of holiday makers and second home owners ‘fleeing’ to West and North Wales.I’ve heard it’s very tense in some of the villages in the North where second home owners pop up overnight. My mother in law has noticed a few appearing in her village. Makes me sick. They need to be arrested. It’s incredible to think that people can be that irresponsible, and think it’s a good idea to jeopardise the lives of thousands, spread this thing further, in remote and deprived areas, just because they want to do a bit of hillwalking. Fuckers can fuck right off. There’ll (rightly) be a backlash against these people, and sadly some spillover to those who were responsible. I can see some groups emerging in future to demand action against second homes. They’ll have support.
I’ll try to be regular in these entries – it’s a good idea.