I suspect we will find the short-term answer to this current mess is contained within the Government’s fear of ‘letting it rip’. This is, in fact, exactly what they did at the beginning of the epidemic. It wasn’t that they didn’t lock down sufficiently early, but that they were incapable of managing the situation. Taiwan shows how it should have been done. Test, track and isolate.
The fact is that the Government made a complete mess of everything. It’s trying to salvage itself by inventing a second wave that it will continually claim it is saving us all from. Once it had ruined the economy it was stuck on a course that made ruining the economy even more, totally acceptable. The second wave is a ghost, an invented second time around that attempts to cover the incompetence of those in parliament. We will never be free of it. It’s a truth they refuse to admit and we are to suffer endlessly in response.
Peaceful civil disobedience is the only way in which we might end this. The second is unthinkable, but it might well come to it.