Quite a step up there.I joined a 700 meter long queue to get a load of bread the other day. In London, in the 21st century where most people have the patience and attention span of a 3 year old child.
I didnt really mind, it was sunny and warm and nice ot be out however I watched all manner of people obeying the 2 meter distance rule, nobody giving the Mohammad the skinny tesco shelf filler manning the door any trouble.
I just thought, there is no way that the general public are going to continue being this patient and obedient for much longer. They will have to have police or security on the line to keep people from loosing their patience, pushing in line etc.. I'll be amazed if we get two more weeks into this and public order is still holding.
It might actually take a platoon of stabs at each super market to provide a visible presence to deter people form acting up.
The optics of this, combined with an switched off economy, massive levels of debt, unemployed, mass graves, thousands dead and now soldiers on the streets are never going to be forgotten. Boris knows this, he knows that this will be spun to make him and conservatives look like a military junta in future elections. If it is at all possible to keep the army out of sight, including the reserves, he will not use them.
If this teaches us anything, it should be that we need to expand the police reserves (or whatever they are called) for it should be them mworking on public order, not the army.
Will this thread be a weekly occurrence?
Only a few weeks ago people were still saying that it's normal flu, they wont put us in quarantine, They wont close the schools, they wont close the shops and now look. The trajectory that we are on now put's us within reach of civil unrest and / or political instability. There are other countries that are at greater risk than us but it's still a growing risk here.Quite a step up there.