Celtic Diary Monday March 23 : Coronacrisis: Stay Safe

With the football taking a back seat and the media coming out with stories that even our pish stained sources can only laugh at, we discuss the only thing on anyones agenda at the moment, and ask what could be done right when so much has gone wrong…

 

We’ve learned a lot about ourselves over the last few weeks.

The fabled British bulldog spirit, the stiff upper lip that saw us through the blitz, and most importantly, the knowledge that we know best about how to handle our own affairs.

The Brexit mentality, if you like, how we can cope quite well without any help or advice from anyone else, especially anyone with a foreign accent…

We’ve learned that it is a fallacy.

What we have learned is that in adversity, we gather together in our hundreds and fight over toilet paper, pasta and paracetamol.

Though in keeping with finest military tradition, it’s usually at dawn.

Some of us have listened and learned to what those who understand what is going on in regards to a devastating new viral pandemic, and others have packed the kids into the car and gone to the beach to avoid those bloody nurses moaning about how much more important they are than the rest of us.

Then, it’s off to find a pub that will let us in the back door so that we can have a bloody good whine about how flu, fireworks and falling down the stairs kill more people than this coronavirus and it’s all the fault of the Chinese for eating bats anyway.

In the meantime, in the rest of the world, other countries operate a much more grown up attitude about the whole thing.

They have tested to see who has the virus.

They have tested to see where the virus is spreading and noted how it spreads more quickly.

They have put on place measures that not immediately but eventually will bring the outbreak under some kind of control.

that’s because they have seen that in south east Asia, there are signs that this policy works.

It’s not easy, but it seems to work.

 

Here, we have a government that thinks it’s all rather a bit of a wheeze, in fact.

No pun intended, not like when  Prime Minister Johnson made his Operation Last Gasp quip,

Since then, the original policy of allowing the illness to sweep through the population, which he explained to one of the few interviewers he’ll actually sit in front of, the intrepid political analyst Phillip Schofield and his sidekick who hosts the dancing programme, we have seen that this is   the modus operandi.

He’s asked people to stay at home, especially if they’ve got a cough, presumably so that when his policy leads to thousands of unnecessary deaths he can shift the blame to us, for not taking his advice.

And testing ? Well, that would just show that quite a lot of people have it, and they might want to have treatment.

And those forty new hospitals with 50,000 new nurses to replace the ones his party have lost due to their austerity schemes aren;t quite operational yet, so it’s perhaps better to pop a couple of pills and watch the telly for a couple of weeks.

 

Leaders, incidentally, are not paid to advise. They are paid to lead.

Asking people to stay home is not leading. It leads to uncertainty and a feeling that it’s not quite as serious as the rest of the world is saying’

 

Advisors are paid to advise, and his main man, Dominic Cummings is quoted today in the Sunday Times as saying at a strategic policy meeting a few weeks ago that of some pensioners die, then “so be it ” .

Johnson repeated this during a national press conference.

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That’s that then, we might as well all head out and join the battle for toilet rolls in supermarket aisles.

 

Then, after realising he’d made a catastrophic error, Johnson reversed the old Govian mindset of having had enough of experts, and listened to those who said that there was no way of gaining herd immunity without first losing a big chunk of the herd, and then discovering the vaccine.

And, as we are far closer to achieving the former than we are the latter…..he said if it wasn’t too much trouble, could we all give the pub a miss for a bit.

And perhaps not buy quite so much toilet roll.

The government policy on deadly pandemics is enough to loosen the stiffest of bowels, but the people who have been buying it haven’t bought it for that purpose.

They’ve bought it because their pals have been putting pictures of empty shelves on social media, and therefore they’ve had to empty the shelves again -before someone else does.

Those of us who thought that people couldn’t possibly be that stupid have been sadly proved to be wrong.

Then again, look who they voted in as their leader…

A man who had nothing but a slogan about getting Brexit done.

A man who excels at pretending he’s just like us.

Johnson and his team have ruthlessly exploited this by using simple slogans…

” Wash your hands ” is the new ” Get Brexit Done “.

He’s got no idea what to do..Trump is his role model.

He’s chosen advice from whichever advisor he thinks will make him popular, and again he’s told us what he thinks we want to hear.

There’s no substance to any of it.

There is no clear agenda to slow down this disease, and far less an idea of how to stop it.

 

Johnson doesn;t understand what’s going on, so he can;t explain what needs to be done.

As a result, the sheer numbers are being ignored by the public.

Show them three people dying in a hospital bed…. it gets the message across.

Ever increasing numbers on a chart ?

Nah…thats boring. And probably fake news.

Well, it’s real. Even if you hide under the blankets, this monster is still sitting at the edge of your bed.

 

When a  new virus threatened to kill us all back in the eighties, a massive campaign telling us not to die of ignorance slowed down the rate of infection.

Simple, but effective. Better to overreact than underestimate.

There was no desire for herd immunity back then, no urge, however much fun that might have been, to spread it throughout the population. As, indeed, was never policy with smallpox, measles, mumps or polio.

 

We need now to keep it simple once again. A new slogan, one that actually means something.

Stay home, stay safe.

 

 

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Cortes
1 year ago

Talking about overreacting, I was heartened to see awareness of social distancing in one Church initiative:

https://tyronetribulations.com/2020/03/22/uproar-in-brackaville-as-priest-makes-parishioners-shout-confessions-from-100-metres-away-up-his-lane/

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Cummings, Johnson and their lackeys will have to be brought to book for this insane communication ( lack of ) over the last month. As for Kuenssberg? what a dangerous cow she is and if ever there was a reason to cancel your TV licence, now would be the time.

Monti
1 year ago

Went to the supermarket this morning & hey Tesco, no toilet roll…..oh well i’ll just need to go into my garage & get one of the 75 packs i have.

Monti
1 year ago

” British bulldog spirit “?
Maybe drop the brit bit!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

A bit like when they were running away from the Provos!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Or more accurately……the attic.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Jimboh,
I actually stood & applauded that, well said!

Monti
1 year ago

I think you were created in a lab ya fud!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

🙂

The Cha
1 year ago

You’re wasting your time, racists don’t listen to reason.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

If you make a racist statement, it’s reasonable for someone to label you a racist?

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago

Life has been far from easy in my part of the world with a state of emergency in full operation (and rightly so) and strict home confinement the order of the day. This has gone on for well over a week now and will continue for at least another 3 weeks but after being constantly pumped full of depressing news updates for such a long time, at last there could be a ray of hope. I’ve just heard on the Spanish national news that a very well known drug could be put into use quite soon as a potentially successful (certainly not fullproof) but temporary measure until such time as a definitive antidote is discovered and finally made available. Tests have already been carried out on a group of cornonavirus carriers with over 70% of them testing negative within a week of taking the aforesaid pills after being initially tested positive. The drug which I speak of is hydroxychloroquine sulphate, which is inexpensive, readily available and is safe to use (having minimal side-effects. Up to now it has mainly been administered to prevent malaria but has also had other applications such as an anti-inflammatory resource when treating rheumatic arthritis. It’s far too early to suggest that this measure will be universally adopted as a makeshift remedy as experiments are still at the initial stage but at least there’s room for some hope as my source of information is a very reliable one. Stay healthy, stay safe, stay happy and stay at home like me!
All the best fellow Tims. KTF

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

Yoker,
Likewise comrade!

BJF
1 year ago
Reply to  Yoker Bhoy

There was a report yesterday that the Chinese used a drug, don’t know if it’s this one, usually used to combat malaria that was over prescribed and resulted in deaths of people with Coronavirus who might not have died from this but did die from the over prescription of the anti malaria drug.
Just for info what did Laura Kuenessberg do
to attract vitriol, I know a lot of Tory members wanted her out in Prison over Brexit, has she gone something I haven’t heard off.

1 year ago

Always thought people were full of shit, proven by the mad rush for loo roll.
As usual the Authorities f@@@k it up, with lacklustre comments, only now are they beginning to realise the crisis for the sick and elderly. Probably the attitude amongst the great and the good is in the long run the welfare budget will reduce.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

All true and good Ralph. Meanwhile, over at the soccer team Celtic…

Devoy45
1 year ago

Charlie Saiz, good work man. I don’t believe in conspiracy theories but what you say is fact not fiction. Our politicians should call out any Chinese millionaires who have inflicted this on their own people and ours. By the way, I am one of Dominic Cummings expendable pensioners. My wife is disabled and is extremely vulnerable. Do the Tories have any kindness or compassion? Meanwhile, I’m doing what I can to protect both of us.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Except its not fact, its fiction.

Its racist dog whistling that does nothing to help the situation but is likely to hinder eg already happening racist attacks.

This is Trump 101.

Rebus67
1 year ago

Charlie,

I think there are serious issues in the PRC that need to be addressed but we need to be accurate in defining the cause. The Level 4 lab in Wuhan only opened in January and is not up and operating at Level 4 yet. It is a joint venture with the French. There is no evidence that CV19 came from the lab.

You are correct about suppression of info, especially to countries other than the PRC.

Containment is the objective now, later unified action in the form of sanctions need to be taken against PRC to force change in wet markets. At least two viral epidemics from the same country source is too many to tolerate. The economic fallout should ensure that this happens.

Rebus

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Some reports stating it was evident in Italy in November.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Doctors in Italy were reporting unusual respiratory problems in November and yes I am aware of the huge trade in textiles between both the north of Italy and China.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Very true.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

You would have hoped that very scenario would have been investigated.

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Rebus, how are things in Canada, vis a vis Covid-19. I have friends in Winnipeg, Regina and Victoria. I imagine it is being dealth with better than in Trumpland?

rebus67
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Charlie,

I did not miss your point. You missed mine.

Basically you are saying because the virus originated in Wuhan and there is a Level 4 lab there, then it escaped from that lab. That is like saying a man of the cloth has social disease. He visited a toilet, so he got his problem from the toilet seat!

Read the following:

https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-not-human-made-in-lab.html

Sorry if the research gets in the way of your conspiracy.

However, you may be correct afterall but you have no evidence.

Rebus

Rebus67
1 year ago
Reply to  rebus67

Charlie,

I cannot help you. Believe what you like.

Rebus

Rebus67
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Charlie,

I replied but it is being moderated.

Rebus

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Are you a racist?

Rebus67
1 year ago

Ralph,

That is one of your best articles ever!

Congrats. Johnson planned to get the job, now he better do it.

The “herd” analogy was a disgrace.

Rebus

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Rebus67

Herd immunity is a legitimate medical description BUT it is used in conjunction with a mass vaccination policy, which clearly isn’t the case here, so shouldn’t have been contemplated.

sfa unfit for purpose
1 year ago

In some parts of Scotland this morning there were ugly scenes at primary schools. The schools are turning away any kids whos parents aren’t NHS ,police, ambulance or firemen .
Seems the government list about ‘key workers’ isn’t the same list the schools have.
Same as Hancock again appearing on telly to say all hospitals have the right PPE , when there are doctors all over the country saying the opposite.
This government are all about seat of your pant descisions and bare faced lies.
And as for the Scottish government , they seem as toothless as their counterparts at the SFA. Clueless and just following what other bodies do.
The revolution could be coming……

Puggy67
1 year ago

There’s ugly scenes at my local primary every morning. Women who wear skipants, have an arse that doesn’t look like Glenshee during an avalanche. Women who were yoga pants, have the same ability to bend your waist to touch the ground as you do bending your elbow into the Haagen Dazs.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

🙂

The Cha
1 year ago

That’s bad, as we know key workers are far more than those mention eg the food sector and plenty of others as well.

Hopefully those recalcitrant schools get their shit together by tomorrow.

SteveNaive
1 year ago

Yorker, Sounds like the quinine in tonic water the rulers of the Raj took with their gin to combat malaria
Now if it was tonic wine, we’d bust this virus in no time
Watch a run on tonic now if there is any left.

Yoker Bhoy
1 year ago
Reply to  SteveNaive

Hope you’re keeping well Steve. I had a skinfull of quality red the other night as it goes and have been feeling fine ever since so you might be onto something there. Take care m8.

Christina
1 year ago

Excellent article Ralph and many good salient points made. The UK government’s handling and management of this crisis is a disgrace and has been roundly criticised (in private and in public) by many other countries and the WHO. When I first heard the “herd immunity” plan I was like wtf – 123 other countries had this virus but no one else was adopting this strategy- surprise eh! When I first read it I could just smell the stench of Dominic Cummings all over it – it was certainly in keeping with that psychopath’s warped ideology- this, of course, has since been confirmed now that it has been decided to throw him under the bus which, to my mind, suggests that we are heading for very dark days and Boris knows it- knows also that his ‘herd immunity’ interview is going to come back to bite him on the arse big time when we are losing our loved ones in their hundreds, perhaps even thousands, like Italy. The reckless behaviour of the British public this past weekend has virtually sealed our fate. Any controls brought in now are simply horses & stable doors! The other factor sealing our fate is wealthy folks scrambling to hole up in their second/holiday homes obviously deciding their odds would be improved by getting out of Dodge aka London and other centres of dense population. Hordes of them descending on the Highlands this last week too. Not giving a thought to the local populations in their getaway locations and how their risks of infection have now significantly increased. Nor how these small villages don’t have the infrastructure to cope with this increase in population and potentially sick people. If we had a proper grown up government in place all this could have been avoided by bringing in tough measures right from the start. We would not have hordes of potential virus carriers roaming all over the countryside this weekend nor the opportunity for wealthy people to get packed and shooting off to their preferred locations. They would also have got a grip of the appalling stockpiling & food hoarding that’s been going on far too long now. That should have been stamped on right away- no one knows how long this could go on for – despite Boris cheerfully announcing that the Brits can see it off in 12 weeks, mercy me you can really see all this Brexit mentality in this shitshow can’t you- so food supplies have to be carefully managed to make sure there is enough to go round for the whole of this crisis period. I am one of the ‘vulnerable’ group due to health issues, as I’m sure many of us here are, so I wish I could be more optimistic and confident in UK handling of situation- but when the Mayor of Bergamo, the epicentre of the virus, brings his two daughters home from the UK because he believes they will be safer in Italy that does not fill me with any great hope.
Hope everyone is staying home & staying safe – for those who can’t as they’re in essential jobs I give my humble and heartfelt thanks-good luck to all and here’s to brighter days and happier times! 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Christina

Christina,
How are you coping with the current crisis……Jeremy Kyle not being on air?

Christina
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Can always count on you to make me laugh Monti!! Stuck at home with two football fanatics – who have no football so you can imagine how I’m doing:-)
I’m fine Monti and hope you and yours are too! We just all gotta batten down the hatches and get on with it eh? Hope the bloody food availability settles down that’s the only real problem at the minute but it is a pain!
PS I thought Mr Kyle had been binned is that not right? 🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Christina

Christina,
If you need any food i can help out, my garage is a mini Tesco 🙂

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

I told you, when they get hungry they’ll come looking for you.

Monti
1 year ago

🙂

Puggy67
1 year ago

Really interesting read as there’s not that much about it in the media. There’s a lot of hope being placed in a Edinburgh University Professor of Immunology called Leighton Griffith. His work was curtailed due to personal issues shortly after receiving a huge research grant but he’s back on track to be in the top 20 all-time professors. All he needs is a few more discoveries to overtake Moriarty,Einstein and Plum. Some say his solo work is his best while his collaborations with Édouard of the Sorbonne are legendary. He was heavily criticised by the noted Fife theologian Monti-verde which prompted an obsessive defence by the prolific author CS Square-bash, whose treatise, ‘how I thought of everything first and you didn’t (and I’ve screenshot your post from 2014 to prove it) stretches to 16,0000 pages and requires to be housed in a specially designed loftspace. I’m not getting out much…can you tell?

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Hahahahaha

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

Yes and now my Chinese version of the Cliff Richard song ‘ithcy fanny how we don’t talk anymore’ is screwed.

john
1 year ago

“t’s not easy, but it seems to work“….. er ..working where exactly❓

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  john

When you care for a vulnerable person 24/7 then all this bullshit about drinking wine, soaking in bubble baths, eating chocolate and reading novels is sickening. Try caring for someone who might die horribly in front of you. Try doing that minute by minute, under house arrest, whilst Johnson and Cummings shrug and the Royals dust off their World War Two rhetoric. What does cheer me up is knowing that I’ll “never walk alone…” Feels like it though…

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Devoy,
You aren’t alone m8, we are all in this together!

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

There’s good folk at the end of a phone out there Devoy even in the wee small hours.

The Cha
1 year ago

Straight out of the racist JJ playbook.

2 peas in a pod you utter fud.

The Cha
1 year ago

The advice to “wash your hands”, along with “don’t touch your face” and “cough into hanky and throwaway” etc is from the WHO and isn’t a Johnson/Cummings solo run and should be heeded by everyone:

www .who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Are you allowed to masturbate through this crisis?

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Yes but only if you use a tissue and double bag and throw it away.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Excellent

Puggy67
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

The new Fritzl law says yes but with no more than two people unless they’re family.

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

That’ll count as your one form of exercise per day.

Monti
1 year ago

🙂

1 year ago

Was in Iceland store today.
Guy asked to see the manager as they were no toilet rolls left.
Sorry m8 the manager has been do busy with the demand for toilet rolls he has a day in loo today.

The Cha
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  The Cha

Charlie Saiz,
You should be safe with your heed stuck in your nosebag, i was just about to offer you a mask but you seem to be sorted.

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti, they said “self-isolate” not “self abuse”!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

🙂

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