On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:16:34 +0100, BrritSki
Post by BrritSki Post by Chris McMillan Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
Post by Penny
*I was concerned I might be depriving d#2 of shop delivery slots by her
ordering for me. Once or twice she (who normally has deliveries once or
twice a week) has struggled to get a fortnightly one for herself. She says
booking for me too makes no difference.
I would imagine it makes no difference if you're in different areas,
certainly. If in the same one, I'd have to yield to her knowledge.
Wales, Scotland and NI are doing their own thing under devolved guvmint.
Until there's a problem and then it's the UK Gov'ts fault. Just as the
PPE and Testing failures are all the UK Gov'ts fault, but the successes
in building Nightingale Hospitals and new ventilators are down to the
Army and MercedesF1/Dyson/Ineos etc. respectively.
While I'm ranting, why are there so many different organisations doing
the same thing ? NHS PHE DHSC SAGE HRA and no doubt several others.
And can we please stop hearing about all the companies who have not
heard back about supplying PPE ? The one in today's Times was a compay
offering 2,000/week. The need is 60M/week. You contribution is utterly
meaningless when we need things at scale.
I'm sure the vast majority of the 8K or whatever the latest figure is
companies who are also waiting to hear back are either little old ladies
crotcheting mask tidies, small companies who won;t make any difference
at a national level and a fair proportion of crooks and scammers, not
all based in China and supply crap that doesn;t work.
Your first paragraph is the corollary to the England wins a cricket
match, a great success for England; Wales wins at Rugby, hurrah for
Great Britain, no?
Looking through the telescope backwards and from 8,000 miles away, is
it not that the steady march over years and years towards centralism
by governments of all colours and flavours has had a part to play in
this? We do not want two million face visors in a hangar at Brise
Norton and then have to try to work throught the distribution
problems, we want 50, right now, in The Chestnuts Nursing Home, 200 at
A&E, 6 in the GP Surgery and so on and so on.
My proto-DiL is one of those hand-knitters - or rather, she has turned
her school technology workshops into a production facility and is
manufacturing - yes, just a few hundred a day - face visors which are
being delivered to facilities within just a few miles. Though I hate
to mention <spit>Facebook<spit> it seems it is being used in a very
local way so that clinics, homes, hospitals can say what they need at
once and then get it. And thanks to crowdfunding the products are free
at the point of delivery. (That the NHS is not a charity is another
discussion for another time, I think.)
I know. We are where we are. And where we are is a centralised state
and when stress-tested as it is today, it is not working. But when the
enquiry into all this eventually takes place, I hope the effects of
sucking dry local authorities and the subsequent hollowing out of
roles such as local public health are taken into consideration and