How Building Back Better is going in the UK
Hint: Not well
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I thought Klaus told us ‘Building Back Better’ was necessary to create a better society for all? ‘Build Back Better’ is often cited as a conspiracy theory but what would the general public think if every politician finished their speeches by singing “do do do do doo, I’m luvin’ it”. Would people say anything then? Would it still be a conspiracy to suggest McDonald’s maybe have more influence than they’re letting on?
In the UK we cottoned on to the ‘Build Back Better’ slogan last year so they quickly changed to another World Economic Forum phrase, ‘levelling up’. All UK politicians now constantly say ‘levelling up’, hoping they are meaning creating a fairer society for all but secretly thinking does ‘levelling up’ actually mean destruction. Even our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, got bored of ‘Build Back Better’ and, in some sort of lockdown madness, started mocking the phrase in short videos.
So with everyone vaccinated we must have Built Back Better by now? Maybe not. Let’s take a look at the state of the UK and what global pandemic policies have achieved.
First health. Even though it’s Spring time, patients in hospital with Covid are getting higher and higher.
It’s not just people with Covid (which can include people who just happen to have Covid whilst in hospital with something else or those who caught Covid in hospital), all admissions are rising, putting hospitals in the UK under enormous strain. There are many reasons for these pressures but fundamentally they are being caused by ridiculous policies that have been put in place over the pandemic.
And whilst influenza all but disappeared whilst Covid was around, now that everyone’s immunes systems have been messed around with for two years, it’s making a resurgence, at the same time as Covid and in Spring time, which is unusual. It’s ok though, the age group in which it is exponentially growing the fastest is the 85+ group who are normally pretty safe from respiratory diseases.
Cancer patients are not being diagnosed on time and the negative health consequences from the last two years goes on and on.
How about the economy, at least that must be building back better?
A report from the Environment Select Committee states that there are acute labour shortages badly affecting the food and farming industry and threatening food security. Crops have gone unharvested and left to rot, healthy pigs culled and disruption to food supply chains have occurred.
Transport is also being hit with chaos at Heathrow airport, as well as other airports around the country.
Compared with the fuel panic of last year, there is an underreported diesel shortage happening with many people struggling to find supplies or having to pay ridiculous prices.
The ‘cost of living’ crisis (aka inflation) has started to hit hard with gas and electricity prices almost doubling overnight. Food prices and almost all other bills have gone up at the same time, along with taxes. Whoever would have thought that dramatically increasing the money supply would have this effect? No matter that a large chunk of it just disappeared down the drain or was stolen by fraudsters.
Conspiracy or incompetence? I don’t think the level of incompetence that has occurred could ever be planned for but certainly a conspiracy to nudge it in the right directions is feasible.
According to Noam Chomsky, who has not performed well during this pandemic, “we’re approaching the most dangerous time in human history”. On that point, I would agree with him but not for the reasons he thinks.
Build Back Better has failed, or is succeeding depending on your view point. Time to rid the world of these failed policies for good. However, as some of my future articles on climate change will show, this will be easier said than done.
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