So today is the first day of the new UK quarantine which on the face of it sounds like a good idea. We’re just about getting to the end of the first wave of the pandemic in Britain and the last thing we need is for travellers from abroad coming here and reintroducing the virus. What is wrong with that? In principle nothing in practice it is totally daft. Firstly, we haven’t got rid of the virus here; Secondly we need the tourist trade as the economy is going to be very weak over the next few months and all those dollars, euros yuan etc will be very welcome indeed and finally the whole system makes a laughing stock of the notion that this is a quarantine at all.
So there is now going to be a frantic effort over the next few weeks to patch together ‘air bridges’ to such places as Spain and Italy and France (not sure what is going to happen with all the ferry traffic to France – Sea Bridge?) in a vain attempt for the Government to try and save face – the whole idea is bonkers.