After Covid; Some surprises

Artist Lindsey Dearnley

Wild animals are enjoying Covid. In Nara, Japan, deer are wandering around ‘lock-down’ subways stations. In Panama, racoons are frollicking on deserted beaches and closer to home, a little train of mountain goats was spotted wandering past a solicitor’s office in Llandudno High Street. Less people and nature returns quickly and with avengence.

There is another advantage to Covid – borders are closed and immigration has stopped for the first time in two decades. There are the odd few dinghis arriving on our shores but 73 people do not compare with the thousands who normally arrive illegally in Britain each month in boats, lorries and planes.  Additionally, another thirty to forty thousand will not have arrived through legal means.  In a single month, four new towns will not be needed and thousands of acres of prime farmland will have been saved from the bulldozer and the cement mixer.

Covid has highlighted a lot of things – that planes spread disease and are viral deathtraps, that the constant movement of people enables what could be localised diseases to become deadly pandemics in a matter of weeks and that globalised manufacturing is dangerous to the security of our country.  It has shown how easy it is for an advanced country like Britain to completely run out of such a simple product as paracetamol.  France’s National Pharmaceutical Academy estimates the EU imports 80% of its “active pharmaceutical ingredients,” mostly from China and India.  Reuters reported on 4th March that Europe is ‘panicked’ over India’s pharmaceutical exports ban. So they should be. Forget complex cancer drugs, we could end up in a situation where we cannot even get basic antibiotics and painkillers normally sold as international generics for a few pence.

Will British civil servants and politicians wake up after Covid or will they carry on with their petty ‘hate Trump’ and ‘wish Boris dead’ politics? Will David Lammy realise that it is not some sort of white male conspiracy but basic supply chains that put him and his own family at enormous risk?

Will people realise that we will need less people, not more after Covid?  Far from needing to import millions of people, we will have millions of our own people unemployed.  Covid has shown we will need less General Practitioners, not more: virtual surgeries and consultations will become the norm. They are cheaper to run, save time and staff and will be increasingly popular with patients.  John Lewis has service staff working from their own living rooms – maybe they will continue:  less offices means fewer buildings, cleaners and road-clogging journeys. People will realise that they need less services, less goods and that they must save money for the next crisis.

Covid has shown to many what really matters – one’s own family, community and country. The outrage over the European Union planning to send  Euro 20 billion out of a total Covid relief fund of Euro 37 billion to Africa and the Middle East rather than helping stricken Italy is rightly palpable.  The European Union does not have a clue and deserves to die as does the corrupt World Health Organisation, run by an Ethiopian who is the first head not to have a medical background and appears to be in China’s pocket.

Let’s also hope that people will understand that we do not need to import hundreds of thousands of people in a time of crisis and we must look after our own first. The old adage, ‘charity begins at home’ has never been more true.

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This article first appeared in Hearts of Oak

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5 Comments on After Covid; Some surprises

  1. “Fewer people” has been my mantra for many years. It’s the obvious solution to all political and economic problems, not only in the UK but also everywhere else.

    But the “fewer people” mantra conflicts with the “economic growth” mantra which is worshipped by both socialists and capitalists.

    Conservative thinkers need to find a way of making the “fewer people” mantra more popular than the “economic growth” mantra, despite many decades of socialist/capitalist indoctrination.

    What I expect after the Virus Crisis is what happened after World War Two: huge numbers of unwanted immigrants will be brought in, on the pretext that they’ll “help us to rebuild”.

    Here in Lincolnshire, Romanian immigrants (who may or may not be infected) are already being flown in to help our poor helpless farmers.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-pickers-flown-in-to-plug-farmwork-gap-vvglpxks2

    The good old days, when every local man and woman who wasn’t too busy would lend their neighbours a horny hand, are a memory from hundreds of years ago, but perhaps it’s not quite too late to revive the memory.

  2. “… planes spread disease and are viral deathtraps…”

    Thank you, Catherine, for pointing that out – reminding me of an old Denis Leary skit about cows being pushed into a trailer on their way to the stockyards. One cow shouts out:
    Don’t touch me! I’m a cow. I’ve got my rights!
    …to which the cattleman retorts:
    You’re not a cow. You’re a baseball glove. Now get in the back of the truck!

    Have only taken 10 plane trips (including return flights) in my long life. How many others can boast of such a low carbon footprint?

    • johnhenry, I can boast of an even lower carbon footprint than yours. Nineteen years ago, I travelled from Heathrow to San Francisco and back. Those were my only two flights, ever. I’ve never learned to drive a car, and I travel by bus and train only on the very rare occasions when I can’t avoid it. If I need to go somewhere that’s less than ten miles away, I walk. And nowhere I need to go is more than ten miles away.

      Where are you, Greta Thunberg? I’m your ideal husband, and if you make a bit more of an effort with your face and clothes I might tolerate you as a wife. Green? C’est moi!