Sunday, 14 June 2020

14th June 2020

There are noises that the UK government will be pushing retail to open shortly, following the coronavirus outbreak, and along with that be sure to expect to see some government lackey persuading us to get back shopping and spending... in order to 'save the high street'.

All well and good.  However, I see a couple of issues.

If they are determined, as they have in recent weeks, to maintain a nonsensical two-metre distance between customers, any returned items having to go back into 'quarantine' in case they are harbouring the pox, no trying on of clothes (meaning a subsequent visit to the store to return said item if it doesn't fit... which means ladies will take home a size 8, size 10 and size 12 of the same item to try on possibly, so more stuff into 'quarantine') and one-way systems inside the stores themselves, then I'm afraid it is doomed to fail.  All those impulse purchase buys (I'm a lady, I know these things) will not happen.  They'll happen even less if people (like me) simply can't be arsed to go shopping in the first place due to the restrictions.

Secondly, there's the ailing hospitality/leisure industry issue to be resolved.  Over three million people remain at risk of their livelihoods being taken away as the workplaces are simply not allowed to open.  They can't/won't function with any reduced capacity to enable social distancing.  And as for wearing a mask in a restaurant or bar... I suppose something like this will be OK...

As long as you stick to soup and cocktails, of course.

But there is another fundamental issue, I think.  I hear, and can almost understand, "nothing is worth one life" mantra whenever the easing of restrictions is considered and discussed.  However, unless there is a serious re-evaluation, re-assessment and re-arrangement of the funding to properly protect the actual at-risk people, then we are in danger of decimating huge swathes of our culture.

It doesn't stop at 'no more pubs'.  There'd likely be no more live music - not just sweaty, cramped, crazy rock gigs, but no more classical concerts... no more inspiring, fabulous live theatre, no more beautiful ballet at the other-worldy Royal Opera House (or indeed anywhere).  Restaurants, cool coffee houses, the cinema... you see, it just goes on and on.  We'd be stuck in a society with Amazon, Tesco/ASDA/Sainsbury's as our source of goods, and Netflix as our entertainment.

And it would be just here in the UK, as the rest of the world is taking the 'risk' (I'll use that term advisedly, as everything/anything in life can be a risk, which we judge individually and assess - a friend of mine can't swim, so guess what... she's chosen to never experience a canoeing adventure).

"Yes, but would you give up your life to save the Royal Opera House?" I can hear some people wondering.  Probably not willingly, but I don't think that is a plausible argument. Life is a lottery, you see, a spin of the roulette wheel.  Sometimes you come up black (sadly, as we age, the red and green are displaced by more and more black!).  So the question is, being fit and able, would I spin the wheel (it's a big bloody wheel, too, with 3,478 segments, only one of which is black for my age group)?  Yes, I think I would.  I'd still want a fucking plaque on the front of the Royal Opera House and a life-time seat on the grand tier, though, in recognition of my gamble (as it's the only time I'd get that), but it would be worth it.

Back in World War Two, 2.9 million brave people signed up to take a similar gamble to ensure our way of life could continue.  880,000 lost the gamble, and we thank them to this day, in memorial services around the country on Armistice Day.

We need some of that bravery now.  We need some leadership now, and some strong, positive decisions.  I want the vulnerable to be properly funded and protected so the rest of society can function.  I certainly don't want restrictions on who I can see or where I can go.  I don't want one-way systems in shops, events being closed, and bloody queueing to get in the god-forsaken supermarket.  I'm a girl that likes easy access and as little hassle as possible.

All of which brings me to today's photo.  Easy access.  See... how lovely does that look?  Now tell me you still want restrictions...

Dexi Delite Altrincham Escort

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