Groundhog day or excellent advice?

If only government would listen for just one and a quarter minutes…

It is remarkable (to me at least) how the government keeps trying to kickstart the economy at every opportunity – and which simply results in another lockdown principally because there is no functioning test trace and isolate system.

And it happens again and again.

We have a government that is irrational – just look at this interesting and informative article in the FT on the workings of the Brexit negotiations where:

Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation, which ­represents the temperature-controlled haulage and logistics industry, says: “It was pretty clear we had to be complicit in the fallacy that these things could just work, or risk losing any influence we might have.”

We are, rather like the Iranians, governed by religious zealots.

My only difficulty is that I’m not sure what their religion actually is.


  1. MigT -

    “Lifting things in March just means we’ll be in a lockdown in April – it’s that simple.”

    No, this govt would dither until May or July while the damage escalates.

    1. Peter May -

      Unfortunately quite possible…

  2. Robin Trow -

    Didn’t Einstein define insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result’?
    We seem to be in that situation with Covid-19.
    At the moment, we seem destined to repeat the pattern – Covid-19 incidence increases, wait until the hospitals are nearly overwhelmed, do Lockdown lite, kill 50,000 people, open the economy as soon as ‘R’ drops below 1, repeat at three month intervals until May 2024, and the General Election, elect a Tory government (because Labour couldn’t possibly do better) and continue the cycle.
    Is the government insane? I have a strong opinion on that!

    1. Peter May -

      Basically the executive has so much power they can discount most views. Our ‘democracy’ is completely broken.

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