We might as well assume the corona pandemic is over - or not ? There are swathes of the population who seem to think it has passed and there are likely other swathes that still take its presence seriously. All down to mixed and ambiguous messaging ? The government certainly haven’t excelled at concise communications of late and, inevitably, the interpretation of that most ambiguous phrase, ‘common sense’ has led to a wild and varied interpretation by blocs of the population to suit individual points of view. The equally inevitable result is chaos. In some cases it could be argued that the freedom to express common sense has led to a mob response with total disregard for community, welfare and security. Is that the natural result of three months of lockdown or is it a pre-existing and inherent characteristic of our society and new culture ? Bristling Brock is more than a little hesitant about the use of the word ‘culture’ in this context for there seems to be little evidence of respect, dignity or appreciation of value in the way this new culture appears to be unfolding. ‘Mob’ (in its widest of usages) seems to sum up so many aspects of life we are currently witnessing with individuals re-adopting that persona to justify the ruination of everything that has gone before in the hope that their new Utopia will suddenly leap into its place. How absolutely absurd such a view would be, eh ? Yet we are seeing it around us, day by day. Not just in the mainstream media but in microcosms of stupidity, everywhere at national and local levels. The one that caught BB’s eye this morning was the apparent agreement by some local authority in Cambridgeshire to approve the building of a Huawei research facility within Britain’s premier technological campus - at a time when Huawei is about to be rightly ejected from the 5G development in this country. What madness. What inward, selfish thought processes at work that imagined this was a good idea.
Things aren’t that much better in Trumpland. Extremes of every hue seem to be on display there for the world to gape and wonder about. If nothing else, the Corona pandemic has unleashed a pent up horde of dissatisfaction over national and local governance which is uncertain for the moment to be seen as just a passing phase. If more permanent we may soon be witness to some pretty radical swings in social behaviour. The corollary to this bizarre display of human emotions in the wider West (or should that read ‘wild West’ ?) is what the enigmatic Chinese and Russians are thinking about what is going on. Whilst they undoubtedly have a a few issues of their own, their international strategy is to destabilise the West by social and economic subversion - and whether they are involved in the incidence of mob activities around Western states or not, they are reaping benefit from the upsurge of anti-government sentiment and the stamping down on the notion of plurality of opinion and the freedom to express that opinion. The West needs to take note - reform, yes, destroy and forget, no, for there are those who will quite willingly bring down the central tenets of democracy unless we impose clear, fair and firm governance.