Sunday 3 May 2020

Why can’t people be trusted to make sensible decisions?

I’ve just watched Claire Walker, an executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce, say that what’s needed is for Boris, for the UK government to give “very detailed directions” to all sectors of British industry on how to get back to work.
And I thought, huh?
What’s wrong with the Chamber? Why do they have to be “told” what to do? Why not have some general principles —- sanitising, distancing and so on, and let people get on with it? There’s already signs that people are very sensible and responsible. Maybe put some FAQs out there. But detailed nanny state stuff? Disappointed, Claire.

Meantime, in happier news, I see that Boris and Carrie Symmonds have named their new son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas. The first two after their grandfathers, the Nicholas in honour of the two doctors, both Nick, who attended him through Covid.

Which makes me think “what a year Boris has had!”. Became British Prime Minister, won a landslide election, got Brexit done, struck down by Covid, hospitalised and near death, emerged from Intensive Care just in time to greet his new son, with his fiancee.
Wilfred is his sixth or seventh child. (Boris won’t disclose how many children he has. Wikipedia just says “at least six”).

And now the British Chamber of Commerce is demanding that in addition to nannying his son, he nanny them as well!

Also: a question. A recent detailed study shows children, especially under 10, rarely get infected with Covid and don’t pass the virus to adults. So opening schools ought to be safe. Why isn’t this being spoken about?