Re: Another thing...
Posting as a resident of elsewhere in the world, so bear that in mind when reading my comment...
What puzzles me is that the whole strategy of the UK appears to be geared towards protecting the NHS. Not, say, the people? Or even the economy? "Stay Home! Protect The NHS! Save Lives!" - what a weird way of phrasing it. Shouldn't that slogan at least be in a different order of priorities? "Stay home! Save Lives! Protect The Vulnerable!" I could understand. But speaking of the NHS as though it's a particularly frail old grandma, rather than a vast state-run enterprise?
And as for the "clap for the NHS"... what started as a cute, spontaneous one-off gesture seems to have morphed into a compulsory exercise in Showing Your Party Loyalty - a sort of "Two Minutes' Hate" in reverse, complete with disapproving tut-tutting and social ostracism if you don't comply.
It's as if the NHS is seen as the only thing of value in the country and must be protected at all costs, and anyone who quibbles - or, heaven forbid, looks like they're actually thinking for themselves or not sharing the compulsory misery - is summarily shot.
Yes, I get that the point of lockdown is - or was - to ensure that the NHS' critical care facilities aren't overloaded, but surely that's more an indictment of appalling planning in the healthcare management chain? What are all those overpaid NHS managers doing all day, if not planning for peaks in demand, and ensuring that vital supplies are available?
And don't give me that knee-jerk "oh, the NHS is uniquely wonderful". No. Sorry, but it's not. It's a mediocre healthcare solution with mediocre outcomes. Heroic frontline staff, sure, but a sclerotic and 50-years-out-of-date centrally-planned structure that is more suited to producing Glorious Five-Year Tractor Production Plans and shuffling bits of paper around than actually providing responsive healthcare. Please point to any other country in Europe, or heck, the world, that has chosen to copy this "wonderful" service.
Rant over. I'm sorry if I have insulted any sacred cows. But I've been reading the coverage in the UK press for the last few weeks and it's just... bemusing.