On Tue, 22 Jun 2021 09:02:23 +0100, BrritSki
Post by BrritSki Post by Clive Arthur Post by BrritSki Post by Clive Arthur
Post by BrritSki
However we are going to a Greek island on Saturday for a week. We'll
be in an apartment we know well where the only people we meet
normaly are the delightful owners. We'll spend all our time outdoors
on the beach or at outside restaurants. We've had enough, even if
this holiday means we'll have to quarantine on return and pay for
extra tests. We have no idea how many years we have left, but
probably not many. We intend to enjoy them, not cower in fear.
Verbose. "We're probably going to die soon anyway so fuck the rest
of you." would have saved a lot of ink. If we still had ink.
Wow, you've really bought the bullshit. Do you wear a mask in your car too ?
If I catch Covid I'd probably be fine, and if I weren't, then so be it.
However SWMBO has an immune deficiency and I do everything I can to
protect her, which would include keeping selfish idiots at bay.
Very sad for you both. So we close the whole country to protect 1 person
? Or a 1,000 ? Or 1,000,000 ?
And you call me selfish ?
How we treat the most vulnerable amongst us is a measure of what kind
of society we are and, as usual it's not a binary choice, however
convenient it may be to present it that way. And it is convenient to
present it as a binary choice when the alternatives run up against
It's not a party political thing: the problems we are facing now have
run through our society for decades and successive governments of
every persuasion have failed us. I blame this government just because
it is this government, just as I blamed the governments of May,
Cameron, the coalition, Brown, Blair, Major, Thatcher, and so on, and
We are a member of - and if I remember rightly, just a couple of weeks
ago we hosted a meeting of - the G7 group of the world's largest
IMF-advanced economies and wealthiest liberal democracies. We are one
of the wealthiest countries in the world yet we are put to shame by
other, weaker, poorer countries with our priorities for our justice
system, our food banks, our homelessness, our education and health
provision etc. Every few years we conduct a National Security Risk
Assessment - you know, the one that thought some sort of pandemic
might be on the cards? - and every few years we kick that can a little
further down the road because, along with prisons, homelessness and
poverty, there are no votes in it. Though in recent years I've been
noticing that the cry has been changing to "there are no votes in it
for us" Whoever is "us" at the time.
Social care is another can being kicked down the road and other,
poorer countries do it better.
Interestingly, the pensions expert and Conservative peer, Ros Altmann
seems to be going around today admitting that the UK State Pension is
" the worst state pension in the developed world "
and arguing for resisting undercurrents to tweak the pension uprating
to eliminate the statistical "windfall" that would make it a slightly
better worst state pension instead. Further, I think that Rishi Sunak
"gets" the what-kind-of-a-society-have-we-become thing too and, when
he replaces Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, we could be in for some