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Taking us out of Covid Rules too quickly could prove as costly as it was to take us too far in. Boris is pulling political stunts that defy practical reality and the chances are it will result in more pain

February 10, 2022 Leave a comment

The chances are, showman or not, Boris Johnson has come to hate the weekly spectacle that is Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs).

As recent weeks and months have increasingly come to confirm that as a Politician and Leader, Johnson really is as vacuous as he looks, it has become apparent that the Prime Minister only feels at home in the spotlight, where he is the centre of attention and able to feel like he is fully in control.

Whilst Keir Starmer really offers nothing new or anything better than our Conservative Prime Minister, the Labour Leader has managed to outshine Johnson at PMQs and made it appear that he wasn’t expending much effort to do so.

Minded of this and the wider campaign that No10 is currently engaged in an attempt to make everyone forget Boris’ lies over Partygate, all without him either apologising or being cleared, it should perhaps be no great surprise that Wednesday’s 12 Noon focus of the News Channels would be seen as a great platform to produce one of those white rabbits from the hat, and end up killing two birds with one stone.

Getting to his feet in Parliament yesterday, Johnson opened by announcing that Covid rules would end a month earlier than the 24th of March as had been intended. In one moment, he effectively stole this week’s PMQs show.

On the face of it, the diversion worked a treat. There can be little doubt that as the Metropolitan Police Investigation grumbles on, the complete removal of anything left of the Covid Rules the Johnson Tories imposed before it ends will quickly become less than relevant in the minds of many. To them, the whole thing will be over and what Boris has done won’t matter anymore at all.

It’s a cynical ruse for sure. One that depends on the Covid Pandemic really being over. One that relies on there being no future Lockdown or series of steps backwards towards it brought about by another variant that causes massive problems. Problems that will be in no small part caused because of the way the Government has already messed with people’s heads.

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I’ve always been against Lockdowns and the unnecessary Covid Measures that followed and have been one of the few to have continually spoken out against them right from the very start.

My view has been based on practicality. With dealing with the realities of all the things that happen as they happen. Not as the Politicians have been doing, by building a strategy based on what ifs and things that haven’t even happened yet and in many cases never did happen or never will.

So, with this in mind, I find myself in the rather curious position of suggesting that lifting all remaining Covid Rules may not be the best thing to do. That yet again and in very polar fashion, Boris is not showing leadership and taking the practical approach to the situation that good leadership would. And that he may just be taking a massive bet with our future, in the hope that a lifetime of bluster will come to the rescue and this time deliver a Lazarus-esque personal win.

Practical reality:

That we are where we are in the UK today, is very fortunate given the way that other Countries are experiencing and dealing with Covid. Not least of all because the Government created a situation where so many people still believe that Covid is worse than any other illness like flu that have long been endemic. Instead, now requiring that special treatments for Covid be imposed upon the healthy many, rather than sensibly offered and given to just the poorly few.

Viruses continually mutate. Whilst the Omicron variant turned out not only to dominate the previous Delta variant, but also cause less problems for those who have been infected, the euphoria, celebrations and release from Johnsons Jail with out any kind of follow up, could, very regrettably prove to be very short lived. That is IF we don’t continue to take the minimum steps that we can to protect the UK, without them being a burden on normal or everyday life.

We have all lived through the experience of how quickly Covid spread across the UK, once we had let the virus in.

No new Covid variant that comes from any Country outside of the UK would be any different. And if a new Covid variant should prove to create outcomes for people that are more severe or complicated than the Omicron Variant, chances are that with each and every Covid rule removed, we could very easily find everyone, and everything being taken right back to Covid ground zero in no time at all.

Such an event would not be manageable in the soundbite-heavy ‘its time to live with Covid’ way that Johnson and his Government would like us now to believe. This is simply because of the latent fear the Government created that rests within the minds of so many. Fear that itself cannot and would not be mitigated because of the failure of the Government to refocus, reform and develop new and improved resources so that the NHS can cope with an upsurge in cases. A scenario that will inevitably lead our fearful political leaders to shut down the Country once again, just so our dysfunctional National Health Service can cope.

Lockdowns were never necessary. But the use of Behavioural Science made them so.

Furlough money, Covid loans, grants and subsidies were not the way to help and support businesses that couldn’t operate or employees that were unable to work.

Together, they have scarred and damaged individuals, businesses and the economic situation of the UK itself. There is no way that we can go through all of this madness all over again and come out of it in a way that will work.

Keeping our communities, regions and the Country able to function for however long it takes until Covid itself, or the way that people respond to are no longer a threat to ‘normal’ life should be an ongoing priority for the Government. One that is in the best interests of us all.

For instance, the situation no longer exists where international travel, shipping and holidays come without the obvious risk that a visitor to the UK, or a resident returning will bring a new Covid variant in.

Border checks and tests are a minor inconvenience for the small number of people who make the voluntary choice to travel. And it is only by restoring and keeping practical steps just like these in place, that Boris or indeed any of our political leaders can be sure of a real, people-focused win.

We should not risk British lives or resources to fight a war that is not ours in Ukraine today

January 27, 2022 2 comments

The Romans said, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war’. And whilst generations of politicians have ignored this idiom at their peril, its true meaning and the counter consequences of this sage advice are still continually ignored by those who rule us.

Despite the media obsession over Boris Johnson’s Lockdown Parties this week, there is plenty of news coming from around the world and from across the UK itself that should be reaching us all in a much clearer and defined form.

Turbulence within the US Stock & Bond Markets aside, the biggest story that should be getting a lot more airtime, thought and discussion is the massing of Russian Military Forces at the border and the potential invasion of Ukraine – which sources suggest could be about to take place at any time.

The most recent revelations from No.10 have told us much about the way our haphazard Government works. And with this in mind, we should all perhaps be significantly more concerned that behind the saga of the Prime Ministers coming fall and the celebratory ending of Covid ‘Plan B’, the UK has already been sending military equipment to support Ukraine. Further still, that this apparent generosity may be about to be increased with the deployment of UK Military Personnel and Resources to other Countries that Border Russia – if not actually Ukraine itself.

Whilst the rights and wrongs of the debate surrounding whether there is anything legitimate about what the Russians have already done in Crimea and what they may be about to do in Ukraine may already be clear, our Politicians must face reality.  

For years now, Russia and the Chinese Communist Party have been building on their plans to remove or destroy the power hegemony that has been the post-war preserve of the West

Meanwhile, the weak minded and incompetent politicians that we have running the Country have obsessively functioned on the basis that all problems and their solutions revolve around the use or removal of money.

In terms of horizon scanning and watching for the problems that are coming that may affect us right across the World, their self-interested addiction to secure immediate headlines and curry public opinion to get ahead of the polling curve has in effect, left the UK – in many ways – strategically vulnerable and dangerously exposed.

Over the past two years, the way that the Johnson Government has chosen to deal with every problem that Covid and their response to it has created has been simply to throw money around.

Through the execution of a philosophy that looks remarkably like ‘gifts and gongs buy everyone’, the quasi-corrupt approach that has been adopted has only been countered by cuts or reductions in areas of public interest that are away from the media gaze.

Out of sight, out of mind is all well and good if there are no consequences involved. But this and previous Governments from all political sides have been systematically shedding Military personnel and reducing our conventional Military capabilities purely on the basis of what a ‘standing’ Army, Navy and Air Force financially cost.

In the odd moment when some of our better journalists have shed light on this process, we have been deliberately led to believe that the world has changed so much that future wars will only be cyber related. That boots-on-the-ground fighting is already a lost cause.

This delusion is of course one that having non-leaders who are obsessed with headlines, polls and keeping their seats has vacuously created. It does not at any point allow for the certain reality that crippling our infrastructure is only ever likely to be a first step in what could be a war that follows and that real deterrents against future oppression require the presence of realistic amounts of conventional as well as cutting-edge equipment, as well as the presence of trained and ready-to-go women and men who are ready to fight and certainly not pandered to appease the woke.

Yes, the UK could almost certainly rearm and push thousands of young people into military training if we had no choice but to engage in a new conventional war at any time.

But fighting wars is dependent upon a much bigger logistical, financial and political picture before we even begin to consider the realities of our relationships will be affected and what the fallout will be for us with other Countries around the World.

The truth is that because of our hapless politicians we have been caught napping. This is no time to be squaring up to Russia or to China, and especially so when the UK has been taken so very far away from self-sufficiency by their stupidity that the level of politics at play makes it simply too dangerous to risk getting voluntarily involved.

The chances are growing that there will be another war that will involve Russia and China. The reality is that with the questions over Ukraine and Taiwan, it could kick off very soon.

Good politicians would be reading the room as it is – both in terms of what our would-be foes are doing, and as far as our overall military capability is involved.

The picture for the UK militarily today is bleak. It is likely to take years of development and manufacturing to build up our Armed Forces to the capability of both defending the UK whilst also giving us adequate capability to engage meaningfully in conflicts abroad.

With self-serving and fear-driven attitudes and political obstructiveness as endemic throughout public life as they are, the biggest threat to us saving ourselves anytime soon is that we aren’t ready to fight any prolonged conventional conflict.

Until such time as we are, we should be bringing our resources and personnel home, rather than giving the impression to the World that we can and will do anything meaningful to help others – when the reality is that any military engagement now is something that we can currently ill-afford.

By all means Boris, send equipment and weapons to help our Ukrainian Friends – IF we can afford it financially. But don’t go thinking that will have no consequences or possible fallout.

Throwing dead cats around and talking up foreign wars might offer you a fleeting lifeline of protection against the headlines when your political career and legacy is failing.

But like everything else you and this political class have already managed to fuck up, you could be about to open up a door to a very different kind of reality that holds with it a future that none of us are going to like or enjoy anything about.

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