Abandon All Reason

Red crosses on wooden doors/ And if you float you burn/ Loose talk around tables/ Abandon all reason/ Avoid all eye contact/ Do not react/ Shoot the messengers. (Radiohead, ‘Burn the Witch’)

So here we are on the eve of what is coming to be known as ‘Freedom Day’. 

It is not ‘Freedom Day’. The pandemic does not know is that it is supposed to end tomorrow here. It is exponentially growing again due to Johnson’s dire handling of the Delta variant (on top of all the other variants named after letters in the Greek alphabet). We have 1,200 scientists and doctors who have called the herd immunity plan via partial vaccination and mass infection ‘unscientific and unethical’ (Lancet), (Guardian), as well as a threat to the world by creating the ideal conditions for a vaccine-resistant Covid strain.

Body Bag Boris is like a drunk-driver: the analogy we can think of to demonstrate this is one where he caused an horrific smash with fatalities and injuries, but he was able to scurry away from the scene only to later masquerade as a by-stander claiming to be a witness. Then, he pinned the blame on the victims.

He’d get us praying to Druidic, pre-Christian gods if he thought he could get away with it, blaming the failed harvest on the lack of belief of the people, and not the farming techniques used. And that’s the point – it’s everyone else’s fault but his.

‘It’s your fault the harvest failed’

In his head, Johnson is Winston Churchill, but in reality, he is more like Neville Chamberlain, wanting to appease, bury his head in the sand and ignore reality by trying to convince everyone that there isn’t a problem. The historian Timothy Snyder succinctly summed up the differences between Churchill and Chamberlain when he said that Churchill told us what we needed to know and that a war was coming, whereas Chamberlain told us what he thought we wanted to hear: that there wouldn’t be a war, despite the evidence to the contrary. 

The third Covid wave is here, and the government have surrendered to it. In fact, Body Bag Boris has become a double-agent for it by creating the exact conditions where the virus can thrive.

On the eve of this sado-populist experiment, may no harm to come to our loved ones, friends and fellow citizens, may good sense prevail and may this be another nail in the political coffin for Johnson and the disciples of his toxic ideologies.

~ L&A 18.7.21 ~

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2821%2901589-0/fulltext

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/doctors-johnson-covid-freedom-day-b1883522.html

Snyder, Timothy, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty and Solidarity (Vintage, London), 2020

Burn the Witch

Radiohead

Stay in the shadows

Cheer at the gallows

This is a round up

This is a low flying panic attack

Sing a song on the jukebox that goes

Burn the witch

Burn the witch

We know where you live

Red crosses on wooden doors

And if you float you burn

Loose talk around tables

Abandon all reason

Avoid all eye contact

Do not react

Shoot the messengers

This is a low flying panic attack

Sing the song of sixpence that goes

Burn the witch

Burn the witch

We know where you live

We know where you live

Songwriters: Colin Greenwood, Johnny Greenwood, Edward O’Brien, Philip Selway, Thom Yorke, copyright Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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