Once again, an old friend of unionsafety and a retired Chemist by trade, questions the actions of our Government in dealing with the Covid pandemic.
In this, his latest article on Covid and the Government's response, he examines the current situation and questions the future path for the UK in dealing with the virus.
Having long retired but still known within the scientific community, he wishes to remain anonymous. Nevertheless, his words are no less valid for wishing to remain retired and, incognito, as it were:
It has been a while since my last contribution to the unionsafety website regarding the Covid pandemic, and the virus has been hanging around like a proverbial bad smell since Jan 2020. I use Jan 2020 as the date, because it was then that real awareness of the Wuhan sars virus came into the spotlight.
The recently departed (from office) health secretary Matt Hancock could not make his mind up as to whether the official date of it’s interference in our lives was to be the 16th or the 23rd march 2020. (Avid readers of my first articles will understand it’s significance)
The world has changed and society within it has seen upheaval and change during this time, together with our awareness and toleration of each other.
Delay, wait, patience - these are words that usually comprise our daily lives, we work through them and arrive at a solution most of the time.
It has been a politics v science throughout, one where a duly elected was expected to skillfully use medical and scientific advice in order to manage and eradicate the virus (if possible).
We were introduced to a world of lockdowns, and in the main we complied because we knew it would achieve a result, but when we read of the huge amounts of our taxpayer’s money being spent on such items as a ‘track and trace’ system, that was a failure from the start, and the PPE fiasco, whereby ‘fit for purpose’ went out of the window!
There was a requirement and responsibility to provide such equipment and systems that would enable proper management of this pandemic - not the giving away of money like confetti to ‘friendly’ organisations - it is hoped that the real truth of these activities will be exposed in the eventual enquiry.
Various media reports have covered the awards referred to, and the complete maladministration of the whole enterprise.
Transparency and veracity are the requirements, and at some stage all of the players in this tragi-comedy will have to appear to give an account in what may be considered by some as the biggest and most important since the post second world war trials!
So, what’s next?
The virus has not gone away and it seems unlikely that it will, so we should not relax our guard, the sensible practices that we employed until recently i.e. the wearing of masks, sensible distancing, cleanliness and the efficacy of vaccination must all play their part in keeping us save for the future.
It is a fact and an achievement that given, and despite in some cases, we are in a far better position than that of 20 months ago - caution is the watchword- so success to us all.