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The NHS Test & Trace Service: The only certainty is the loss of freedom

May 29, 2020 1 comment

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The much heralded NHS Track and Trace Service apparently came into service on Thursday. But what help to you and I can it really be?

Throughout the Lockdown, the Government and the Police have sought to encourage friends, families and neighbours to dob each other in. The creation of the Track and Trace Service takes that further and fully establishes the UKs new social police service.

We have so far lost 9 weeks of our freedom to the Government’s Coronavirus response. Why should we deliberately undertake an act now that will take away more freedom from us and the people we know, when it is only that loss of freedom that is sure?

The only time that tracking and tracing might have proven to be the bombproof strategy for fighting Coronavirus as the Government would like us to think it will be, was when the first handful of cases were identified present in the UK, right back at the start and before the Lockdown began.

With the Virus now circulating and thought to have become intimate with 1 in 4 of us or more – even if we haven’t shown any symptoms – trying to use either an app or a manual track and trace service cannot and will not serve the legitimate purpose that it is being sold as in any way.

Statements coming from the Government this week include threats to close down entire ‘estates’ and making participation mandatory if we do not volunteer information to support the service. It does not help us trust our leading politicians. Nor does it reenforce our weakening faith in what they are doing in any way.

Should we really be expected to volunteer the details of who we have met and what we were doing when there is no conclusive evidence to say that even if we have been carrying Covid-19 and come into close proximity with another person, we could be the only possible source of infection for them or anyone else who might have crossed our path?  

Will be actually be breaking privacy laws if we communicate any of this information about anyone other than ourselves or those we are responsible for in some way?

The options for abuse in itself are staggering from this two-edged sword approach.

There will be those who would malevolently rise to the occasion of getting someone they don’t like or perhaps a work colleague they are jealous of ‘quarantined’ for a fortnight or maybe even two.

But there are many more on the flip side who will not knowingly wish to take responsibility for condemning other human beings and the many others around them to the prisons of their own homes. And why should they just so a Government that is messing up a national emergency so catastrophically can go live on air at the Daily Briefing each day and announce that they are ‘getting the job done’? 

For whatever reason and whatever the way of thinking it is that underpins the Government strategy on fighting Covid-19, the most consistent part of the whole process has been the wheeling out of Matt Hancock whenever the announcement for some dubious new process or action is made. 

The obvious response and what you are probably thinking is he’s the Health Secretary and as its a health emergency it simply makes sense. But can we really be so sure?

The lack of comedy makes a Hancock’s Half Hour revival unlikely. But one has to wonder if Matt Hancock is being lined up as The Fall Guy when the Government finally accepts the wheels have fallen off the Boris Johnson show.

Extending the Lockdown indefinitely until there is a vaccine is complete madness. This is not a war and the Government has choices that any Minister should be big enough to take

April 16, 2020 Leave a comment
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It is said that the best jokes always contain an element of truth. This one doing the rounds on Facebook captures the reality that too many people are scared to speak up and say: that fear of Coronavirus has taken over all logical thinking and is being used as the excuse to make what ifs real rather than it being ok to be honest about what is actually happening in other ways.

 

Stupid is as stupid does, and the Government is bathing in the glow of the flames from the British economy which it torched when it locked down the entire Country preaching to us that it had no other choice.

Of course, when you believe your own propaganda and you have embarked on a stupid course, it pretty much follows that you will then take further stupid decisions that will make the original decision even worse.

With Health Secretary Matt Hancock following up by confirming the content of an earlier Tweet from Nadine Dorries that was clear to readers that the Lockdown would continue until a vaccine for Coronavirus is ready, we can now be certain that this Government has stupidity at the heart of its Coronavirus strategy, where some simply refused to countenance the idea that it was anything other than intelligent before.

Contrary to the story these MPs are telling us when they are bugging themselves up, fighting Coronavirus is NOT the same thing as fighting a war. You cannot go on with an indefinite Lockdown to fight a pandemic simply because there is no need to do so, where as in a war you must go on becuase it is the only way to secure a result.

A vaccine will not be identified, tried, tested and rolled out for many months as a minimum and in all likelihood this is a process that could easily take 18 months to two years and possibly more.

This ‘how long is a piece of string’ approach to managing anything helps nobody becuase of the uncertainty that it creates. For a government to adopt it as policy to address a national crisis is crass stupidity at best – particularly when the Government has a different choice and a very different direction that it could and still can take.

It is simply unacceptable to destroy the British economy and with it the lives, jobs, incomes and businesses of so many with the untold consequences it will being simply on the basis that maintaining life at a standstill either fully or in party might prevent the death of a number of people who were already most likely to be nearing the end of their life anyway.

Yes, it sounds tasteless to put it this way.

But we do not elect MPs and Governments for them to get emotional and run away from difficult decisions that might sound unpalatable on the news or get some lobby or another’s back up because the Government aren’t instead heaping praise and preferential treatment on some specific demographic group that is a cause celebrate in some way.

People have died. People are dying. People are going to continue to die either way.

But the suicides. The business closures. The job losses. The domestic violence. The abuse. The hunger. The bankruptcies. The debt. The evictions and much more that could have been prevented. All of the things created by the lockdown and this Government’s failure to mitigate the effects of it’s actions are not inevitable and never were.

The developing crisis that is now cutting into all parts of our society was created by the Government’s choice. It will end in economic disaster for us all with personal consequences for so many that it doesn’t bear thinking about.

Waiting for the vaccine is not the answer. Neither is continuing with the Lockdown in any form.

People need to be able to return to work, to their businesses, to their courses, schools,  clubs, gyms, pubs, shops and evening walks.

Responsible government would ensure that a system of governance was in place to make sure the NHS can cope as best it can at any one time, but at the same time accept that some deaths are inevitable from Coronavirus and that it will be much better for everyone to treat people like adults and give them back freedom and choice.

The Government needs to wake up before its too late and accept there’s a different way.

The Government MUST End the Lockdown NOW and do everything possible to mitigate the effects of the problems that the Government has caused.

Nothing else will do.

 

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