England will be closed down for months to come
some would say that’s being flown the wrong way up
Despite flashes of official optimism following the first vaccinations against the coronavirus, it would seem that there is no end in sight to the manifold miseries of lockdown, self-isolation, and national shutdown. Scotland faces a national shutdown from midnight tonight, and there is no doubt that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will very soon follow suit for England. He is making a televised statement at 8 p.m. this evening, and Parliament is being recalled on Wednesday this week, presumably to ratify whatever draconian new measures are announced.
Even harsher coronavirus measures than before will mean that UK borders will be closed, international travel stopped, all stores except food stores and pharmacies will be shut, all schools closed, any and all household mixing will be banned, and people will only be allowed to leave their homes for one of a specified list of essential reasons, such as food shopping.
Despite these draconian emergency measures the numbers infected with COVID-19 will keep on rising, and more and more people will die. There is nothing politicians, health officials, or medical science can do about it. The coronavirus will mutate faster than vaccines can be developed to prevent each new strain. Once a virus is loose in the general population there is no way short of Divine Intervention of controlling it. And, who’s to say that God didn’t inflict this on the world?
The virus will eventually burn itself out, as all pandemics do. But, this could take months or even years. Until then we will all just have to suffer.
Good luck to us all.
best to bar your door and fort-up ’til spring