This lockdown is a strange thing. For the most part we now live very small lives in small areas of the world where only we can visit. Of course some people don’t stick to the rules but for the most part most people are. The one area of infinite expanse open to us (services may and do vary) is the internet and boy don’t we love to get out and scream and shout in that void! That is why, to quote the woman who this week has caught the mood of much of the world “…walking is clutch…”
However, even whilst walking locally on a beautiful sunny afternoon you can’t get away from the pandemic. There are other people out and they are all very considerate for the 2 metre social distancing rules. Most of the walk was through a new park (actually that is not strictly true as most of the land was part of the local common so we could all walk through it before, however, few of us did because it was overgrown and very rough) that had been opened as part of a new development which involved a themed brewery (not sure if that is actually what they call it) and a couple of new businesses. Up until a month ago the coffee and cycle shop were doing well but now of course they’re closed.
Whilst the new brewery is still being built and no doubt will be starting brewing sometime towards the end of the year what of the multi million pound investment and also the jobs and livelihoods of the coffee and cycle shop? This is not me coming out all Michigan Militia but rather to highlight the point that for all the latest hue and cry for an exit strategy nobody has the first clue how to implement one. Yes, other countries are dipping their toe in the water but they don’t know whether what they are doing is the right thing. Don’t believe me? Listen to Angela Merkel and then tell me that she knows the way forward in any certainty.
So you see even when I go out for a walk in glorious spring weather we are having at the moment (don’t get me started about global warming – one crises at a time please!) I can’t leave the problems of the world behind as they are all around. This is why I am glad I don’t have to make the awful choice between letting the economy slide into goodness only knows what or possibly letting many more people die. A new doppler effect can be observed – the louder the crises for something to be done the further away is the person from having to take any responsibility for what might happen.
So I just hope when the restrictions are lifted they are well thought out and are as successful as the implementation of the lock down. I have no idea if this is far or naive but that is all we really have. Depressing isn’t it!