The coronavirus left the British afraid to go out. And can you blame us? | Joel Golby | Opinion


Rare to hear that our government has done something “too well”, but it seems that they have finally succeeded. As the Financial Times reported on Friday, government messages have managed to scare the British into staying, so we are now too afraid of never going out again, and now various departments are scratching their heads and wonder how to get people out of the house once (if) the lock is released.

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.


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