Thinking on of much of what has been said throughout this thread, about the centre, i was struck by this monologue on GB News by 'Neil Oliver'... I would consider him to be somewhat reflective of the 'centre' politically and societally. Like many posters here I have been a public servant be it Military or Civil Service, for the majority of my life.
Both politically and societally, I have thought that the Institutions of State to be a vital element of maintaining the nation state and our democracy.
I've found the vid and watched it thanks. All very good points and I especially like the comparison to the abusive relationship.
My only issue with it is despite a pledge to not follow the "law" over morals, there is no solution proposed?
But then I took my own thoughts further - what would that solution be, exactly? Therein lies the rub with a government running away with their own laws and having no credible opposition. Not only can they get away with murder - they cannot be hurt by the ballot box so we are powerless to resist in a way (Lincoln quote number 1 - the ballot is stringer than the bullet).
Two thoughts come to mind 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions' and 'all that is required for evil to take root is for good men to do nothing'... It's becoming rather hard to keep the glass half full, these days.
edited to check broken link?
Lincoln quote number 2 - To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men.
Perhaps this is the only viable solution left open? Civil unrest?
What worries me is the blind compliance of it all. My local rag has been littered with "mask wearing" articles this last week in response to a rise in cases.
The submissiveness of the masses is astounding. Not a single person has stopped to say, "wait a second, they didn't do a thing last year when they were mandatory - cases still shot up when the kids went back to school?"
Not a single person said, "yeah I'm on board with the masks, but they're not the be all and end all - we still need to avoid touching surfaces / our faces unnecessarily and keep our distance" (after all, a tool is only as good as the person wielding it).
Not a single person has stopped to query the stats - Zoe study has put unvaccinated cases at 75% of the total but instead of comparing the heat maps and realising that 75% of cases (roughly) are 7-10 year olds, the Left are using it as a stick to beat the anti-vax narrative once again.
MSM are doing their usual; capitalising on the fear by allowing adulterers like Prof Neil "Way-off" Ferguson a platform to once again try and tell us there will be over 100,000 cases if we don't act soon. Sky News are even promoting it because as you know, lockdowns mean more viewing figures and a greater captive audience so why wouldn't they? Across the pond the yanks are doomed - pretty much every single news platform of theirs is sponsored by Pfizer...
Because an old sock over your mouth and not your nose, being stood 5cm behind the poor sod you're breathing over after touching everything in the shop and picked your exposed nose, is going to save the world, don't you know
Which takes me back to civil unrest...
Given the fuel "crisis", the stockpiling and the sheer stupidity - I suspect that too isn't an option either. The British public are either too stupid or too scared to stand up and push back. And when you allow a body of public servants - elected to serve *US*, to rule us instead, I can't help thinking somewhere along the line we perhaps deserve it?