Day three, I think, of my new drive to write more and I’ve hit at least 1000 words a day, though today had an added 1000 because I wrote about Trump/Woodward for Reaction.
Wordcount so far (including some deletions in order create a clean re-start: 17,571).
In other news… The Moonshot.
It is, of course, very “Boris”. I read that the billion it’s going to cost could fund the NHS for almost a year or give every person in the country £1,500. Perhaps it will be worth it if it works but this government’s track record isn’t good when it comes to ambitious plans involving testing. These stories of people being asked to drive distances is shocking. I figured I’d need to travel to the other side of Birgminham and I haven’t even got a car…
The problem with The Moonshot is in thinking that there’s a magic solution when, really, the answer lies in things that are relatively cheap. Tuesday, for instance, was the first Downing Street press conference when I thought Johnson made a good presentation. He expained masks well, noting that it’s not about protection for the wearer but for the people around the wearer. I’ve been screaming this message for months but it’s now that it’s beginning to take hold in the public’s imagination. Sadly, it’s probably too late. A large section of the public have become convinced by the argument of the other side. I keep seeing people waffling on about “freedom” as though they understand what the opposite would actually look like.
I’m not sure where that comes from. Media, I guess, and a diet of films in which people scream “freedom” and actually mean it. We all want to be revolutionaries in our hearts but the only thing we have to revolt against are the lack of plastic bags at the Tesco checkout and the sugar tax. Nobody ever picked up on it but I still like the term I coined for the coronavirus. It is still “the selfish flu”, with much of its potency lying not in its molecular makeup but in human behaviour.
In other news, I was almost peversely gratified to see that the Oxford trials have been halted. Not that I wish the team ill or anything but it does at least prove that science isn’t being rushed by the politics. This, as I keep saying, feels like it’s going to be the big argument of December or early next year. Trump attacked Kamala Harris for suggesting she’d listen to the science before she gets a vaccine herself but therein we have America politics in a microcosm. The gaslighting is intense.
Books: finished Brian Stelter’s Hoax. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now going to see if I can finish The Cartel ahead of the Bob Woodward book next week. I read his last attempt to cover the Trump presidency and thought he was a little too gentle. Perhaps that’s how he got so close to Trump…