IT’S all our fault – just like it was the fault of the poor carthorse Boxer and the other put-upon creatures in Animal Farm when production went down. The ruling pigs, Napoleon and Squealer, told them they were just not working hard enough.
The allegory is more relevant than ever. Work harder at being locked down, do it better, we are told. See no one. Do not go out at all. Die like Boxer – ending up in the knacker’s yard rather than having the temerity to seek help from your GP.
Well, all that oppressive psychological warfare was ratcheted up a notch yesterday. First, we had Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick threatening the might of her force against lockdown loiterers. The Big Sisters – later we had Colonel Klebb-Patel marching in lockstep with her police chief – are watching you and your car. And yes, you will be fined if you go anywhere.
Then it was the turn of the ‘big four’ supermarkets to define their new role as agents of the state. They’ve told us they’re cracking down on maskless shoppers, although masks make no difference and buying food has not caused mass deaths among supermarket workers to my knowledge.
Well, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda won’t be seeing any more of my trade. Will they be seeing yours? And is this level of interference – supermarkets acting as self-nominated state police – beginning to frighten you?
Discuss – and feel free to talk about anything else on your mind.