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What is the Government going to do about it?
« on: July 30, 2020, 08:09:21 AM »
A good article in The Time today by Clare Foges.  Too many people in the UK expect the government to do everything for them:-

“Inadequate...impersonal...too slow”. It is fair to say the Commons foreign affairs committee report into the government’s repatriation effort in the early days of the pandemic does not exactly glow.  Returning 1.3 million people scattered around the globe from India to Spain was, the committee concedes, a “mammoth task”.  Still, there is a catalogue of moans about how the Foreign Office performed.  These included the use of “generic messages” instead of “bespoke, personalized advice” and the fact that communication from consular services “lacked empathy”. What did the stranded expect, a personal travel assistant who would console them about their nixed holidays while giving them a foot rub?

The complaints, both from the parliamentary committee and the Britons who were stuck abroad, are symptomatic of an unhelpful modern belief: that the government can and should swoop in to sort out every problem; that if citizens are left to fall back on their own resources they have been “failed” or “left to fend for themselves”.

I am not opposed to the British state stepping in to save its citizens at a time of extraordinary disruption. Yet instead of seeing this as a right to be grumbled about, might we see this as a marvellous thing to be grateful for? We live in a country where you can decide of your own free will to travel to Borneo, or Kazakhstan, or Chile, and if any trouble flares up, your government will endeavour to get you home as safely and swiftly as possible. This seems an extraordinary perk, and yet there are MPs and members of the public aching to pick holes in what was a massive operation. In one day alone 28,000 British citizens called the helpline in Malaga. Of course there were delays and frustrations.

I can imagine the anxiety felt by those stranded abroad as the virus swept the globe. Some had been travelling for months and could not have foreseen the pandemic. But others were caught on week-long holidays. They hopped on a plane knowing that chaos was engulfing the globe. The storm clouds were massing on the horizon in February. As a lover of the sun, I can see why you would take the risk for a few rays, but it hardly seems fair to complain if the risk does indeed come back to bite you.

The message should be this: go abroad if you like but only if you are happy to be stuck in your destination for a short while; only if you can afford to make your own way back should trouble hit; and only if you recognise that the Foreign Office is not a first-class travel insurer. In the age of Covid-19, Britons need a clearer sense of where government’s responsibility ends and where their own begins.

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Re: What is the Government going to do about it?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 11:58:31 PM »
Hey T.T. this clip will give you an idea what the british government will do for you - this video has since received nearly 1.5 million views

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Re: What is the Government going to do about it?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 01:01:03 PM »
It was worth watching this to see the action with the busty blonde at 1:39:44.
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Re: What is the Government going to do about it?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 02:16:39 PM »
The next video up to play is really worth watching..The Legendary Fats Domino and others
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzlGPZzb5jE&feature=emb_rel_pause

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Re: What is the Government going to do about it?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2020, 04:15:46 PM »
Yes, jivvy, a lot more entertaining than watching paint dry.
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Re: What is the Government going to do about it?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020, 05:31:09 PM »
Thanks jivvy, Yes T.T. the busty blonde, she was huge upstairs. i wonder about peoples habits, they have seemed to have got weird since the virus has been around, the latest craze on y.tube just sitting doing nothing for hours on end. who mentioned the brit embassy.

the clips get even weirder this one goes on for ........ But the comments are good - 2.3 million people: Seems interesting, lemme click on it  :o

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