Politicians seemed to be sensing us all teetering on the verge of turning into an angry pitchfork-wielding mob, though to be fair we’re probably too exhausted to mount any kind of revolt beyond a series of irate emojis. The decision to allow us all to get together for Turkey is 100% political, “Give them a bit of turkey and a bit of Cliff, should be fine” (… Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine, Children singing Christian rhyme…).
Listening to the radio yesterday I heard a report that the govt – apparently in seriousness – recommends that people visiting families for Christmas should “socially distance” around the table, possibly by using pasting tables. Eight people, two metres apart?
Among this rush to have a John Lewis Advert knees-up it’s worth noting that the Home Office plans to deport up to 50 people to Jamaica next week. This includes people who arrived in the UK as children. It would separate 31 children from their fathers. In covid times we are literally Turkeys voting for a White Christmas. As we endure this ongoing double-act of Johnson-Patel’s Populist-Yulefest-Racism it’s like being ruled by Bernard Matthews and Bernard Manning.
In further cluster**** news Grant Shapps has now said quarantine measures will be relaxed from 15 December to allow people to travel from high-risk ‘red list’ countries to visit relatives for Christmas.
This means that passengers arriving in the UK can end self-isolation after 5 days if they get a negative Covid test result. Gatwick is saying it will have lots of passengers and flights once Covid restrictions are relaxed in the run-up to Christmas. They are aiming to have around 100 flights per day by mid-December (compared to about four in the main lockdown). This report details how flights-as-incubators destroyed New Zealand’s covid response (the study details an outbreak linked to one passenger on an 18-hour flight from Dubai to New Zealand in September.)
This might be a well-worn truth but it seems to be codified in covid lockdown evoking a fear of Neo-Feudalism, as the Hacker Manifesto says: