Taken to the Cleaners

Chris Price
4 min readApr 19, 2020

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Day 28

My day started with the question, “What am I going to eat?” I had little more than eggs in so I made an omelette with a few non-foody things in it. Sorted. The sky was blue again. Again. It has rained once since the lockdown started and then for only a few minutes. We’ve seen the sky cloud over but that was just to let us know that we are not in a Truman show. It all adds to the strangeness as if there was someone in control of this which, it would appear, is not true.

What is obvious is that the government certainly isn’t in control — of anything. The coronavirus might be novel, invisible and strange but its not mindful. Its not trying to outwit anyone or deliberately target certain types. While being more potent than we probably thought, its not omnipotent. Its nothing more than a string of information wrapped in a coat of grease. It relies on host cells to multiply which is why its difficult to fight. Its also very vulnerable to the most simple of cleaners, household soap — nothing fancy or modern. Its less effective in small doses because that gives our immune systems a fighting chance.

We have a vacuum and nature doesn’t like vacuums

We know how to deal with viruses in general and CoVID-19 is a virus. What’s different is that we don’t have a vaccine because there is no such thing as a general vaccine. We know how to protect health workers but, as Matt Hancock so pithilly put it, we don’t have a wand to magic the equipment out of thin air. And that’s what we are dealing with. We have a government that has made no preparations for such an event (which it planned for 4 years ago but did nothing about). And even when it was clear what needed to be done, what needed to be done wasn’t done.

The truth is that we have something which calls itself a government but has no clue how to govern. The Sunday Times published what many feel is an explosive story of incompetence and negligence on behalf of the Prime Minister, but its been clear for the last month that that has been the case. The General election of 2019 made clear that Boris Johnson could not be trusted in anything he said and when confronted would either deliberately hide the evidence (e.g. a mobile phone) or hide himself in a fridge. The media knew then that his cabinet couldn’t organise an orgy in a brothel.

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Chris Price

Singer, musician, writer, artist and thinker struggling to make sense of our dangerously dysfunctional society but infatuated with Morecambe Bay & it’s sunsets