This is the first mention of this thing on this blog. I wonder how many more there will be? Will it all blow over and look like a lot of fuss about nothing, or not?
There have been about 2800 deaths from coronavirus worldwide so far, but that is likely to be an underestimate for a variety of reasons. In some sort of contextual comparison, 1800 people die on the UK roads each year. 2800 is bigger than 1800 but then the world is bigger than the UK’s roads, and a year is longer than the period over which coronavirus has been killing people.
I’d be surprised if this disease kills as many people in the UK this year as die on our roads, but I might well be wrong. I may look foolish in future, but if so it won’t be the first time, and I’ll look even more foolish if I am one of those to die (but then looking foolish won’t be my biggest concern).
Being dead won’t be the only way we might be affected though. Will our travel and holiday plans be affected, will guests to planned weddings be able to travel, will food supplies be affected, will the 6-Nations rugby and other sporting events be affected, will the UK be seen as a country that coped well with the challenge or one that dropped the ball badly, will our attitude to foreigners change?
Will the Bird Fair be unaffected? How about Hen Harrier Day?
2. Heathrow third runway
Did you let out a little whoop of joy when you heard that the appeal judges had said that a third runway would be illegal because of the Paris agreement on climate change? I did.
Will the Supreme Court hear the case and what will they think?
But, let’s imagine that the judgment sticks – what consequences? Will this or a future government consider doing a Trumpian back-out of climate change agreements? Will Boris revise his love of a Boris-island airport in the Thames and slash any remaining parts of the Birds and Habitats Directives to the ground in order to do it? What future infrastructure plans will be affected in similar ways in future?
Is this a turning point?