2020-03-22 11:12:56 UTC
After this virus crisis is over or becomes manageable and life returns
to some sort of normality, say in about three years, the Tories are
not going to be thanked for their tremendous laxity in providing the
NHS with sufficient resources and manpower over the past ten years.
Everything the government has been doing lately has been a kneejerk
reaction, while supposedly "following the best scientific advice". All
ministers let that and other glib statements roll off the tongue like
honey, to sweeten the government's reputation, such as it is.
But the measures taken are so incredibly Draconian -- and who knows
whether they will even be increased still further -- that the Tory
philosophy has been blown out of the window. The vast
taxpayer-cum-borrowing resources that are now being pumped in will
have to be paid back. Tens of thousands of jobs may not be recovered,
as companies review their needs and ways of working. And what about
the greedy society this crisis has revealed? I expect there are houses
all over Britain with enough toilet rolls stashed in the attics to
last for ten years. This public greed will have to be addressed. Or
surely we won't just carry on as per usual?
Whether the Labour Party under new leadership will step forward and
provide the kind of encouragement the country will be looking for,
we'll have to wait and see. But for the Tories, I believe, the party's
over. Leopards don't change their spots. Tories don't alter their
orthodoxies. The country will be looking at someone to blame for all
this and Boris Johnson is the likely contender for that role.
Everything that will have happened by the end of this virus will have
changed this country fundamentally forever and the nation will want to
adopt a different approach that the Tories simply cannot deliver.