I think it is true that what I’ve heard suggested from others is that the British dress up incompetence and neglect as stoicism.
Johnson would call it, ‘taking it on the chin’ – something, as a rather high earner, I doubt that he has great experince of in his own life.
The stiff upper lip is supposed to be a characteristic of Etonians, yet I fear it is actually more usually suggested by them as a characteristic of the nation. They are actually encouraging doormat syndrome.
The doormats are us – we are supposed to be unemotional and aloof while overall solutions are driven down to our own base level. This meanwhile encourages us all to take our own individual responsibility for being. And of course for being doormats.
With the current Coronovirus crisis the government needs to address, as a minimum, benefit and Statutory Sick Pay levels, conditionality of financial state benefits, and also mortgage and particularly, rent payments.
Rather than requiring doormats to soak up the diasastrous dirt, the current government has to realise that its very existence is based on risk sharing. Otherwise we might as well all be unique individuals hunting alone.
Neither Johnson, nor Hancock nor even Gove, all of whom have, sometimes serendipitously, led relatively privileged lives, have ever seen that. Though of course they like to think the rest of us are bound to be equally lucky – or somehow we haven’t been sufficiently bright…
An example is demonstrated in their horrendous idea that all pubs, clubs should be closed – but not MANDATING it.
I could suggest that it is their singular intention, which is certainly possible, but it looks to me, rather like a financial gift to the insurance companies – yes loss of business, but no, no mandated closure because of a virus. (No, insurance doesn’t cover it.)
Whether the government realises or not, I’m afraid this looks likes a failure to look after the electorate. Corporations give money but do not actually (thank goodness) have votes…
Meanwhile our government is not looking after either its small businesses or its citizens.
We seem to be able to be squeezed for compliance and relied on to get even poorer if we own a small business, or to personally take responsibility for an ‘Act of God’ from our employer. That is supposed to be life. But we need to understand, it is ours, not theirs.
And just by the way, Johnson has now signed the death warrant on so many pubs and restaurants, that I doubt many will recover.
People say Johnson is inordinately fond of a drink – but it seems only at home on the sofa.
Meanwhile, we, not he, or even his party, remain the doormat of choice.
I can add only a subdued ‘Welcome’ – as they often inscribe on doormats.