Why is this government so incapable of being firm? It’s as if they slip and slide all over the place. Making decisions and then ‘U-turning’, a term much loved by the press intent on proving how silly the government is. U-turning their way through the last few months, on seemingly all things.
Yes, I’m writing this in the heat of the moment, because that’s where we live. I’m airing the fears and worries at what is coming down the road towards us. I’m not a finger-stabber, but the cards must be put on the table.
If you want to make hay from the ineptitude of government then arrange a very large crisis the likes of which governments and the public have never been through before. But then just sit back and watch the wrong thinking. The erroneous behaviour. And pick out their ridiculous decisions like good bystanders always do when observing events they don’t personally have to deliver on.
As the world is largely made up of bystanders and observers, critics from the edge, commentators but not doers, it is very easy to comment and condemn because you are never expected to deliver. As a bystander you don’t have to solve the crisis, so you enter into the great observer sport of spotting holes in the practice of elected decision makers. You define yourself by the failures of others. What a wonderful job you have appointed for yourself. And long may you have the time and leisure to be critical outside the field of delivery.
Unfortunately the ‘shit is about to hit the fan’, if you understand the metaphor. Your clever observations will melt like chocolate in a scorching sun. And you will have nothing to show for it. The crisis will be deeper. Many more people will be homeless due to Covid-19-arranged poverty. And your smug correctness will be shown up for the emptiness that it reflects.
In spite of the wisdom of contemporary comment it pales into insignificance before the terrible truth we are facing: that many, many, many people will be unable to pay their mortgage or their rent because of redundancy. Our true role in life now is to stop people falling into what could be a form of mass homelessness. On a level that no one has ever experienced ever before. Not even the ‘Hungry Thirties’ threw up the level of homelessness that we now face. Housing was not the big earner in the 1930s and the recession that accompanied those times. But now the economy’s ‘crown jewels’ are property, and its profitability puts enormous pressure on property owners to keep bringing in the big bucks of former times. So many small and large investors have put their future profits into property ownership that the sweat is on. The Thirties had low rents and low home ownership. Now we have a highly geared property market where simply owning meant you had almost automatic profitability.