THE TORY Government’s lockdown strategy seems to be unravelling by the minute.
The instigator of the whole lockdown has now had to resign after being caught breaking his own social distancing rules.
Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, London had warned people that keeping to social distancing was literally a matter of life and death.
However, in a classic case of ‘rules for thee and not for me’, it appears that Ferguson had been regularly entertaining his married lover at his own home over the past few weeks.
Professor Ferguson was the one who came up with the computer model which estimated that 250,000 people could die in the UK – even with social distancing in place.
Even with the UK’s high Covid-19 related death rate of 30,000 people, it’s now clear that Ferguson’s apocalyptic predictions were way overblown.
This latest development will put further pressure on the government to start to ease the lockdown in a gradual manner.
Already, it seems they have lost control of the narrative, with more and more people starting to use their own judgements about how to handle the potential risks involved with reopening businesses and so on.
So far, the supine Welsh Government here in Wales have merely followed London’s dictates in a sheeplike fashion.
But with Westminster so discredited in so many different ways, surely now’s the time for them to show some independent thinking.
It would be good if they could consider a ‘localities’ approach here in Wales, as is the case now in Spain and Italy – acknowledging that different approaches are needed in different areas at present.
With rural Wales being much less affected by covid cases than the populated south, perhaps there’s a case for allowing some areas there to open up gradually first.
Perhaps small businesses could be allowed to open up first say on Ynys Mon, or Ceredigion, with maybe a 30- or 40-mile travel to work zone put in place.
Tourism would obviously not be allowed back at this point in time, and the situation could be closely monitored healthwise.
Rural Wales is so often neglected and ignored by the powers that be in Cardiff.
Perhaps there’s an opportunity here to give rural Wales a break for once and to lead the way in Welsh national life.
The rest of Wales could take note and follow suit when the time is right for them.
We are already all too aware of the mental, emotional, social and economic costs of the present lockdown.
We can’t keep cowering in our homes for weeks on end. Despite all the unfortunate deaths with this disease, it’s an indisputable fact that people need to be among other people for all kinds of reasons.
Wales needs to show some courage to break this impasse.