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The Great Reckoning: Is Corona Virus the restart a world driven by money and self interest has been waiting for?

Something changed yesterday. As my day began with the usual walk, I heard myself for the first of many times say out loud to the people I met and spoke to during the day that you could feel that the atmosphere had changed; that people were behaving like something big was about to happen; but many of us were still clinging to the idea that things would just keep rolling on exactly the same.

I saw the notice on the doors at my local Tesco asking members of the public to be polite, then stopped and asked an assistant I had many times said hello to if there had been people ‘shouting the odds’. With a reply as smiley and as matter of fact as ever she said “I think it’s something that’s been happening right across the Stores”. As I walked on to visit that days destination empty shelf, I simply replied “it’s very sad”.

Boris in the headlights?

Was yesterday the moment when the penny dropped for Boris that being PM of our Country isn’t just a game, but a responsibility with real-life consequences that touch everything, but in ‘peacetime’ are obscured from the self-serving politicians view? (image thanks to Sky News)

It wasn’t until late evening when I began to absorb the outcome and fallout from the latest Press Conference coming from No10 that I began to suspect that for Boris, his team and the Politicians that surround him, the penny may have finally began to drop.

No, I don’t mean in respect of the impact of Corona Virus or Covid-19 on the Government specifically either.

This is all now quickly becoming about the much bigger picture and the consequences of politics having been about nothing but the people involved in Government for many years.

This is all about what it means for everyone when events that are completely outside of the control of any of us come calling and demand that our Leaders step up and really do have to do everything that it takes to get a job done.

If you saw the images coming out from the Press Conference, there was one that looked to be of particular note.

Featured by Sky News, the image is of Boris, with what appears to be a look of shear terror and the fear from a reality dawning that could only come from the prospect of handling the responsibilities of the job that he got, rather than the one he so long coveted. A role that looked great when the consequences of decisions were almost always hidden from view during normal times, but now has the inescapable cost attached with bells and whistles as the Corona Virus Crisis exposes the true reach and implications of political policy in full and unmissable public view.

As I said in the Blog that I wrote here yesterday. We must give Boris his chance.

It is a simple reality that at any point before the next ‘peacetime’ General Election, Boris could only be replaced by a politician who has been nurtured and promoted by the very same broken political system, whether that be someone like Kier Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey or another Conservative, they are pretty much all the same.

They represent a political culture that exists to secure and propagate its own power and rain support and benefits upon its supporters, whether that be big business and the banks, the Unions or any one of a number of establishment organisations and bodies too.

To them, politics is not a responsibility to others. It is just a job. It is a career. It is just another ‘profession’ inhabited by a shallow caste of obsessives, more interested in the opinions of journalists and activists on Twitter than they could ever be about the real lives and day-to-day experiences of the people who elected them into their showpiece offices.

Or so it was until the realities of Covid-19 rather abruptly heaved into view.

Hour by hour, rather than anything more, the landscape is now changing in this Country and across the world. There is a realisation dawning for many that things will simply not ever be the same again and will not return to how they were before.

Everything in this Country and the World we live in has become focused on and revolves around money and its flow.

Life itself has little value to many, unless it is or there is something that can be owned or bought.

There is genuinely no longer happiness for many of us that can be attained from simply the sense of just being. Not when there is something outside of us that with money we could have.

The fragility of the system that has facilitated a situation where greed and selfishness has left its signature in the form of the bare shelves and aisles of supermarkets and shops up and down this Country has been exposed by Mother Nature in all her glory and by an disease that has the ability to kill any one of us just as readily as it could make us blow our nose.

Yesterday’s announcements that came in the form of advisory notices rather than directives or clear instructions from the Government laid bare how out-of-its-depth the Government now is in dealing with the strategic implications of this horrid disease within areas of life, business and industry that Westminster careerists cannot possibly understand or interpret in the most simplest of ways.

The reality that we together are facing is that we now live, work and survive in a debt driven economy which is akin to walking on the tightrope otherwise known as debt repayment or monetary flow. 

Anyone who stops or steps out of this process in isolation, unilaterally or on their own will be pushed over by the force and momentum of profit-driven interests, unless they can immediately rejoin the flow by being able to meet their obligations in some other way.

So when a Prime Minister casually suggests that consumers stop using any business or service without mitigating against the consequences of the inevitable public reaction, they are condemning those businesses and the people and lives that are dependent upon them to be pushed off that tightrope. Unless that is, they are able to rejoin the flow or service their debts and obligations in some other way.

This is simply irresponsible on the part of anyone elected to lead us, and the time has come for our leaders to lead and to recognise that the form of economic mayhem where debt farming by big business and the banking sector has become the 21st Century emotional equivalent of physical slavery where servicing debt has is a real-life metaphor for iron shackles and chains.

The long term situation is not one that can be dealt with overnight. But it is important to understand that the same drivers and motivations that have thrived on a world of cheap money where we are encouraged to borrow to buy just about everything are the very same interests that have pushed and promoted the low-cost benefits of the globalisation.

This is a commercial system that has removed the borders that once protected us under the guise of projects like the EU; lowered the value of the money that we still have in our pockets whilst making the low paid feel like they are being robbed of their jobs.

These interests have raped the Planet and its natural resources whilst creating a climate crisis, simply because their ability to produce the things that we will always buy if they appear to be cheap and affordable will be enhanced only if they can find ways to make them cheaper and cheaper. All the time raising their own personal fortunes whilst devaluing our earnings, and without even the slightest hint that they have considered the true implications and cost of their actions to us all.

In the short term and to prevent the fallout from Corona Virus being felt severely throughout society over the longer term, the Government must now bring a halt to the merry-go-round which is this debt derived system.

Government MUST give everyone the chance to breath without fear of the consequences from circumstances that none of us have responsibility for and have not arrived in this Country as a result of any form of design.

No private interest should be positioned to benefit from commercial activity during a time of National crisis. 

The truly equitable and fairest way to help and support everyone in this Country – which is what the Government and Public Services are actually there for – is to shut out the noise from all individual interests, no matter who they are or who they represent – and implement blanket Shutdown Legislation that temporarily halts all accumulative money making on a profit-led basis, until the Corona Virus Crisis is over and ‘normality’ of some kind has once again been restored.

When it has, the time will have come for us all to reflect upon the values that we have, and the part that we have all played in reaching a point where more always wants more.

We must wake up to the reality that even the seemingly smallest decisions that we make will inevitably have consequences. Decisions we make such as the people we vote for who are in it for the glory for themselves, not the responsibility to us. Self-interested politicians who are unable to lead decisively because their actions always ultimately served themselves and the realities of responsibility for others was not a story that the books they read or the films they watched of the people they admire from history had ever made clear to them or told.

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