A brief update since I woke up today intending to write something long and thoughtful about politics only to find I’m suffering my usual bout of post-podcast exhaustion. I think I finished editing it at 10pm last night and even a good night’s sleep didn’t help. I still blame the hayfever tablets. I’ve definitely lost my edge since I went on them, but it’s only the last couple of days my eyes have been feeling better.
Not that I have much to write about. We seem to be one of those lulls between breaking news. Johnson looks like he might finally come around to doing something about masks but it’s all slower than punting piffle up the Isis or, if you prefer, dragging inverted pyramids of jelly across the Eton quad… I heard from somebody this morning who had just got back from their local Tesco where they and one militant grandma were the only two people wearing masks. This is what annoys me. Michael Gove spoke yesterday about relying on people being sensible. I wonder what world he lives in because it’s as sure as hell not this one. Plus he’s the guy who it’s rumoured once tried to unblock a toilet with a vacuum cleaner…
Masks really are a “no brainer”. That Johnson takes this long (and counting) to get it right is surely a measure of how slowly this government operates. Brexit is going to be a clusterduck.
Reading the awful stories of the treatment of workers in Leicester, I’m struck by two things. Firstly, how the government react with shock to something that’s always been part of our economy. The treatment of workers, especially at the bottom of the pay scale, has rarely been good and often unconscionable in a modern developed nation. Yet it’s also significantly better than other countries. In one of the few places where I agree with Trump, the industrialisation of authoritarianism in China should have been dealt with decades ago, rather than leave ourselves economically, morally, and militarily exposed to the world’s last great dictatorship. Second, the Leicester story is a reminder that you can’t trust people to act morally. COVID-19 really is the ‘selfish flu’ because it relies on people looking out for others, which most are simply incapable of doing.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump is retweeting nonsense from a TV quiz show host who claims that the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the media, and Democrats are lying about COVID-19. The entire pandemic is apparently a hoax designed to prevent Donald Trump from being re-elected in November. It gets to the point where you can’t even make sensible comments about this kind of rubbish beyond saying that America have the president they deserve. America’s Constitution has holes in it, and it needs fixing. Yet such a cult has grown around the words of the Founding Fathers that nobody will be willing to tighten it up. There certainly doesn’t appear to be any reasonable move to prevent the mistake of again electing a TV celebrity.
Not many column inches have been given to the Kayne West story and for good reason. The man has a new album coming out and/or is having some kind of psychotic episode. Irrespective of that, however, should be the realisation that America’s experiment with populism is hardly going to end with Trump. He’s only made it unfashionable for the moment. There are other power-hungry egomaniacs waiting in the wings.
Speaking of power-hungry egomaniacs: what do I plan on doing today? I really want to find the enthusiasm to draw but it’s not there and I don’t quite know why. Well, I probably do know why but I don’t want to repeat my sad story of rejection.