The lady in this picture, with her cardboard banner, has perfectly summed up an area of government failure that has had, and Continues to have, devastating consequences.
The lockdown is arguably effecting and impacting the health of our elderly most of all.
If this a war, as Boris likes to imply, then they are ones being slaughtered in the trenches.
In March and April of 2020 the elderly were removed from hospitals and crammed into nursing homes; on the basis of a projected overwhelming of the hospitals by Covid cases. That flood of Covid patients never materialised, but many thousands forced into care homes died as a result of this horrifically misguided policy.
Care home residents may account for as many as a third of all Covid related deaths during 2020.
Meanwhile, the ‘frontline’ nurses and doctors, rather than being overwhelmed, have had leisure to make a seemingly endless variety of TikTok videos with complicated choreographed dance routines. The dance routines often involve a dozen staff members or more. How do they possibly find the time? They are still churning them out. Shameful heroes of TikTok.
After the start of the experimental vaccination roll out, for which the elderly are first in line, the bodies are piling up. If the idea is to protect the elderly, as Boris’ government claims, then it is failing catastrophically.
There is little joy in life when we are forced to avoid all contact with those we love. Family is the centre of life, particularly for those in their twilight years. Family is the blessing of a long life well lived, and should make for a happy and contented retirement. For many, without that contact, there is no life.
What is there to live for?
Imagine the nightmare so many have already lived and died in: locked away from any friends, not allowed out to enjoy fresh air and sunshine, or some simple pleasures, like taking a stroll, or sitting on a park bench with a friend on an autumn afternoon.
If they are lucky enough to see their family at all, then they are not allowed to touch or hug their grandchildren, except through plastic sheets.
Their only contact is with masked hazmatted strangers. They are being treated like a contaminant rather than a vital human being, deserving of dignity and respect. Already listed as DNR, and then buried without attendance.
Is this how we value and protect the elders of our community?
Living in fear of death doesn’t help anyone. Instead, it makes us weaker and more susceptible to ill health; the immune system breaks down.
We are herd creatures, intended to huddle together, like puppies in a basket. We strengthen each other in close contact. Isolation and distancing is anti-reason, anti-human, and anti-life.