Anne Marie Waters
March 23rd 2020
We have entered a frightening and confusing time with the outbreak of coronavirus. People are uncertain, our society has plunged in to something unrecognisable almost over night. So what is actually going on and how did it start?
What we know so far is that the virus began in the city of Wuhan in central China. Doctors in the city began discussing cases they had seen, which one believed to be a resurgence of the deadly SARS virus that killed more than 800 people back in 2003. A similar virus was now presenting, and doctors were worried.
Those same doctors were arrested by Chinese police and told to stay silent. Other instances of state cover up have been alleged, and it was claimed in an extraordinary study that had China acted 3 weeks earlier, 95% of infections could have been avoided.
The source of the virus was identified as a ‘wet market’ in the city of Wuhan. This is a market where wildlife is butchered and sold on the spot. Live animals are taken from the wild, held in tiny cages and in cramped conditions, and slaughtered to order. Australian scientists have claimed that the handling, rather than the ingestion, of these animal products is the most likely source.
However, as can be expected, left-wing agitators are attempting to shut down discussion of the practices of such markets across Asia. The label of “racist” has been used to silence such discussions, but they must be had. The whole world is now subject to Asian hygiene practices – what happens in China can kill us in the UK; all thanks to our modern open-border globalist approach. So important do open borders remain, even during this crisis, that flights from the worst affected countries were still landing in the UK as government was asking us to stay home.
As it stands, we are being asked to only leave our homes when necessary – for food or exercise. When we do so, we should remain 2 metres apart from others. Schools, shops (except food shops), cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries are all closed. We don’t know how long they will be closed for, and this not only presents us with questions about how we will cope socially if this goes on for months or years, but what effect will this have on our economy?
Most people are currently unable to work. That is staggeringly difficult for an economy to survive for any length of time, so the Government has taken unprecedented steps to intervene. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans for the government to fund 80% of the wages of many workers, increase working tax credit and universal credit, as well as providing unlimited 0% interest loans (for 12 months) for businesses, among other measures. This is a solid response from the government and is welcome.
As for what the future holds, we can only speculate. The possible options are these: a vaccine is developed, we develop natural immunity, or we begin to learn to live with it. The latter of these is of course the worst option – what people want is to get back to normal, but not a whole new normal that doesn’t resemble the old one. It must be government’s top priority to ensure that happens when the time comes.
In the meantime, we must remember that at the heart of all this, people are dying and their families left devastated. That is at the forefront of our concerns, our thoughts and hopes are with all of those who are suffering.
We will come back from this. In China, it is reported that life is beginning to return to normal as new cases of the disease have ceased. There is every reason to hope that this will pass quickly, but we must never forget the lessons from this tragedy – we must bring back our borders, our manufacturing, and we must insist upon our right to criticise and condemn practices in China or elsewhere that lead to the deaths of innocent people. To do otherwise is to allow this tragedy to have been in vein.
Anne Marie Waters