Post by David Edmunds Post by David Edmunds
A more resilient system is needed so that next time we are not caught with our pants down. It has to be able to cope with governments of every persuasion.
Inaction by our politicians/rulers has resulted in 8000 plus infected people and over 400 deaths.
The graphs show that we still have exponential growth in infections and deaths with at least two weeks to go before we see significant leveling off
What is it that led to this foolish and dangerous behavior? Is it some flaw in our character that makes us view information coming from certain nations less relevant, are these people really less likely to have answers? Did the fact that it was the Chinese who sequenced the DNA somehow make the data less relevant? Are we so xenophobic that we are prepared to endanger ourselves? How did we become that way?
The Koreans and the Chinese must be amazed at our ignoring their advice and inaction.
We criticise China for failing to make a visible effort for two weeks or so but almost nothing was happening here until a few days ago, including long lead time actions like making or procuring testing facilities. Two months on and we are still short of equipment and functioning testing and tracing systems.
David Martin Edmunds
I was not quite right, Political Reform is not enough. Only Replacement will do. All of those who bought into the Mitigation over Suppression ideas should be out. A the helm we need truly competent people not plausible actors and speechmakers.
You should come to Italy. They have been soing this for 30 years now....brand new party that's going to sweep away the old corrupt political system.....
You soon find out that new movements are either full of the old stock, OR, even worse, they really are new and spectacularly incompetent! Just imagine if you filled parliment with people who had been selected and elected by online polls on facbook and forums like this....not just the voters, also the candidates.
That's what happened in Italy at the last general election.
Most of them were actually unemployed because part of the electoral promise was to only draw a limited wage and abolish the pension they get if they don't get reelected at the next election. That wage meant any professional or managerial person would need to take a wage cut and blue collar workers risked not having a job to go back to. Put bluntly the candiates were failures.
Fortunately, allthough they came out as the largest party, they did not have a majority. Italy went for 5 months with no effective government because they were totally incapable of negotiating a coalition. Finally they formed a coalition with another party that still likes to present itself as a new movement, despite being the oldest party on the block. At least it had experienced and capable politicians, headed up by Matteo Salvini who was the de-facto prime minister (the actual prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, was a teaching Univirsity professor of international trade law until he was dropped into the hot seat, with no idea what he was doing).
The new 5 star movement realised that they were achieving nothing and appeared to proceed by removing the whip from any MP who dared to even say anything out of turn. Eventually they also boke up the coalition, and formed another one with the opposition. This also has seasoned politicians, and in fact it is now believed that Del Rio is running the show.
At the end of the day it is not effective.
BTW, I can think of another politician who went to power with no political experience on a promise that he would 'drain the swamp' of the established political cres.....
Just imagine for a moment if the country was being run by people like you and me?