Liberty Day and the Johnson Variant
Britain, and unfortunately Scotland, is now caught in a vicious cycle of stupidity, cleptocracy and nepotism. We are caught in an endless loop of a political culture and a society conned by a fantasy that we can return to “normal” by very limited change of our behaviour. We are perpetually locked into a narrative of “release” boosted by mindless “libertarianism” and corporate capture.
This is the BBC political reporter Nick Watt being mobbed by conspiracists and anti-vaxxers:
CoronaBrexit Mob, new variant https://t.co/AmZbYolB24
— Bella Caledonia (@bellacaledonia) June 15, 2021
On the 18 May the Guardian’s Marina Hyde wrote: “Yesterday, on the very day people were permitted to travel again – with countries arranged into green, amber and red lists, as long advertised – Matt Hancock explained that people should definitely not travel to amber list countries. Then why are they permitted to? Is our travel policy some kind of dare?”
We are ‘led’ by people who are completely incapable of leading and giving people (any) harsh truths about what’s going on. Our bumbling incoherent clown PM is the focus of our attentions but he’s only the pinnacle of this farce. As the latest four week delay is announced the cycle is complete: vaccinate; continue to rush back; avoid any real change that is required; endless failure; new surge; repeat repeat repeat. Nothing is learnt, nothing is gained.
The great orator. 🙄pic.twitter.com/3YSXfesSfy
— Nick Jones 💙 (@resophonick) June 14, 2021
Hyde noted almost a month ago: “It’s all about individuals using their common sense and taking responsibility, apparently. Which, I think you’ll agree, means so much more coming from a government that let at least 20,000 – TWENTY THOUSAND – people enter the UK from India just in the period Johnson was delaying imposing his travel ban. ”
That’s TWENTY THOUSAND.
We’ve been doing this for a year and half now.
That’s a really slow learning curve. So what’s going on?
‘Travel’ – ‘business as usual’ – ‘opening up’ act as a set of grotesque fantasies to pacify people. Cheap flights and the inalienable right to fly anywhere are a deal we do for our work lives. The “economy” which exploits most of us is used as a totem, but the deal is breaking down. The deal was this: you do shit jobs and have a poor quality of life but you’ll be allowed a brief respite, a reward which often looks like a short and sunny boozy holiday to make it all alright.
Johnson saw these figures on 9th April and put Pakistan & Bangladesh on the Red list. Because he was so desperate & needy for a trade deal with India, Johnson delayed putting India on the red list for three weeks. #JohnsonVariant #JohnsonHasFailedTheNation pic.twitter.com/o5zdtf1LzV
— Grumpy In Bolton (@grumpyinbolton) June 14, 2021
This perverse cycle has now been brought into play for the use of “the economy” (which is code) and we are all complicit in this death-game.
The Delta variant has been doubling every ten days.
Every ten days.
The perversity of this is that the Brexiteers have championed the end of “freedom of movement” just as the entire political class and the corporate lobbyists have made the inability to restrict our borders a number one priority. Meanwhile every distinct ‘sector’ moans and whines about their own exceptionalism that they have been treated terribly and worse than any other. Truly there is “no such thing as society” in these circumstances.
Of course they’re right – looking at the fans zones and football circus – while whole industries can’t function is galling in the extreme. Money talks.
This is a life lesson in hyper-capitalism and globalism which requires constant growth constant consumerism and constant movement and openness for some and brutal restriction of movement and sanctuary for others. So go figure. This is what’s happening right now. The cycle is crystal clear. The idea that we will “come out of this” by just doing the same thing over and over is mystifying.
We are dying from our obsession with a growth economy. But it’s not our growth, and its not our economy. If we realise this we can recover, if we don’t, we can’t.
There is a limit to Rishi Sunak’s ‘benevolence’ and we’re about to reach it. The need to figure this shit out is urgent.