I know he started recreating film scenes during the general election with this Love Actually sign writing shot, but I can’t help but feel Boris Johnson standing outside, waving at us. to “go out and work… there is nothing to fear! The sign has more than a hint of horror about it, like holding a single red balloon while he is doing it, like the clown who is. The first day, I’m going to lose my paper boat because of a storm sewer and Dominic Raab is going to stand there, isn’t it, making this look still, as if he were trying to start a fight with a wall in plasterboard. “Did you enjoy your leave, Joely? He said, and I nodded sadly. Then his jaw creaks back as if to swallow me whole and he roars: “Back to work! Back to work! Everybody! Work work work work! ”
After surveying 14 countries, Ipsos Mori found that Britons are more concerned than others about returning to normal activities – such as moving around in crowds in Cheltenham or attending a stereo concert – with 70% of respondents saying Opposing the opening of the economy before the virus is under control, and 71% say they would be worried about leaving the house even if businesses were allowed to reopen and travel restrictions were lifted.
Personally, I would love to get into the minds of the 30% of people who think we should open the economy before the coronavirus is really treated – please, Mr. Johnson, let me catch a life-threatening illness by working together in a cafe, I just want to experience the company again – but the most important point is that the alleviation of this national “fear” is somehow presented as a more important problem to solve for the government than, like the pandemic virus which is still sweeping around us. I prefer that they sort a vaccine before delving into the message of not scaring us, but it’s just me. I think what would scare me the least would be a solid and achievable public health policy that is not “collective immunity” or “give the impression that you have done 100,000 tests”.
“We have to have some kind of campaign to encourage people at very low risk to go out and start living again when we can,” said Professor David Spiegelhalter at the BBC, adding that the fear among British citizens was “very worrying “and that we were” definitely too worried “about the coronavirus. There is another relevant Ipsos Mori statistic that may explain this anxiety, however, and which comes from their weekly survey of coronavirus trends: 66% of Britons now believe that the government acted too late to implement measures more stringent locking. You can understand why these same people might be a little nervous about – by the same people, by the way – that the tide is turning.
Okay, so “going outside” took a big PR hit this weekend, with a small but noisy protest from a select group of galactic-brained 5G veridists outside Westminster, demanding that they be within again left outside. Politics Joe managed to capture the best, vox popping successfully the three main arms of the conspiracy community: the “calm academic guy who you say makes his point until they invoke Nazi Germany”, “the man who speaks a monster version of legal jargon that was exclusively learned from Facebook posts “, and, most classic of all,” 0% Bodyfat Lad who speaks at the same volume as most people yell and who constantly turns to see if there is anyone ‘someone else he can shout at’. If they all want to go out together, then, frankly, leave them.
While I’m obviously happy to let protesters like these take the first sips of beer from the reopened pubs when the lockdown finally comes up, modern canaries in the lager mines, the looming question of a relaxed lockout becomes of more and more busy. We all want to go out, right? And most of us agree that it’s a bad idea right now. But also … well, we all want to go out, right, and as long as that stays true, the number of voices calling for it will only increase. Basically: I don’t trust the types of big-headed businesses that seem to confuse “opening the economy” with “letting more low-wage workers take bigger risks so that bosses can make money again (Although let’s not pretend that the inevitable dropout seems in the economy is not going to hit these workers the hardest). Nor do I really trust the government, which made the mistake of locking to do the right thing when opening. And I don’t trust 5G protesters either.
Who do I trust? I look again at Raab in the gutter, still without blinking. It’s not him either. Nor is it Johnson with the only ball. Perhaps this is how fear will manifest itself in the weeks and months to come, as a new social movement defined by mistrust: paranoids who stay inside, waiting for a triple lockdown from the World Organization health before venturing on a bus again. It could take months after the economy opened before people dared to return properly outside. I am not sure, after all of this, that government messages alone will convince them.
• Joel Golby is the author of Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant