RIGHT now, most of us are at home and things are not too bad.
We’re spending time getting to know our kids again and baking bread and doing a bit of weeding in the garden. It’s all very Enid Blyton.
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But behind the scenes the world is falling to pieces.
Unemployment is skyrocketing, pensions are being smashed, savings are being obliterated and, as you play yet another game of Monopoly, another household-name brand is going to the wall.
Experts say that coronavirus will bankrupt far more people than it kills.
Already we are seeing footage from Italy of desperate families with no food and no money trying to kick their way through a supermarket’s windows.
Online there are swarthy-looking men warning the Prime Minister that he needs to do something, and do it quickly, because otherwise he will not survive.
As they are mostly southern Italians, and that’s the power base of the Mafia, it’s not certain what they mean by “survive”.
The same thing is coming here, be in no doubt.
When farmers can’t pick food because they don’t have the workforce and nobody could afford it even if they did, we are going to have riots.
Governments have already promised trillions in aid. But it’s trillions they do not have.
HEAVY TAXES AHEAD
They will have to borrow the money, and to pay it back, they are going to have to tax the few of us left in work until our eyes pop out.
As each day passes, the situation is getting worse until eventually, someone is going to have to admit that Donald Trump had a point when he said that “the cure cannot be worse than the problem”.
Most of what the idiotic narcissist says is drivel. But he did have a point on that one.
You can cure an ingrowing toenail by removing the leg. But it’s not sensible.
In Britain, it’s estimated that two thirds of the people who have died so far with the coronavirus would have died by now of something else.
In Italy, more than 80 per cent of those who have died have had at least one other serious illness. Meanwhile, 87 per cent were over 70 years old.
I agree that this so called “lockdown” was the right thing to do.
But if it turns out in a few weeks that it hasn’t worked, that people who have been sick are getting sick again and that a vaccine is many months from becoming a reality, we are going to have to take a deep breath and change tack.
I wonder though, will Boris have the guts to stand up and say: “I’ve tried to save all the Enids and Alberts and it hasn’t worked.
“So now, before it’s too late, I’m going to try and save absolutely everything else.”
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