Britain in Lockdown – Day 19

It’s Easter Saturday and the media reports that the vast majority of people are obeying the restrictions. Nevertheless, the effect of the infection spread from recent weeks has resulted in 980 deaths yesterday, breaking the record yet again. The USA have become the first country to experience 2,000 deaths in a single day.

It’s being suggested that some restrictions may have to stay in place indefinetly. They could, for example, allow schools to go back first, followed by the shops and social gatherings, but also encourage the home working to continue and the elderly to remain indoors for longer. Such a scheme would have to be advisory only as it was be almost impossible to police. Grandparents might have to take children to school and collect them, for example.

After nearly three weeks of lockdown Groundhog Day really has become the norm for many. Lucky ones, myself included, who work from home a lot anyway, have a garden, and want for little, just have to bide our time. Each dawn has been tranquil, with still air and birdsong.

For NHS and essential or key workers it’s day after day of long shifts and risks to their own health. It’s been pointed out many times during lockdown that the people we take for granted the rest of the time are the ones we come to rely on in situations like this.

Surely this is one of the most important lessons of lockdown i.e. that nurses and other medical staff should have a salary befitting their dedication and responsibility. They should pay them the £40-50,000 per year that they’re currently offering ‘Diversity Officers‘ and other non-essential midldle management staff in the NHS.

Instead of banging the same old drum and bashing the Tories for underfunding the NHS they should give this huge organisation an enema, an audit, and thorough restructuring so that it becomes as efficient as possible in the way it spends the billions poured into it.

But I expect when Parliament is back in session they’ll be asking the same old questions during PMQs. The opposition will be firing questions at Matt Hancock as if he’s personally to blame for any shortages, not the procurement managers in the NHS who failed to prepare for this eventuality.