COVID-19: The Start of a New World Order?

Garden vegetable plot, with lettuce, sweet corn and peas.
Will growing vegetables make us better people?

There’s been a lot of talk about how things will be different after lockdown, with various commentators putting their own prognosis on how we’ll all be better people in a better world when all this is over.  I did at first doubt it, whether this Coronavirus pandemic would make any difference at all, or whether we’d all have forgotten about it in a year’s time.  That seems unlikely now – there will I believe be lasting effects, but it’s far from clear what they will be.

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CV19: It’s Not a War

Time for some gardening …

I am concerned about the macho, emotive language being used during this viral pandemic.  We’re on a wartime footing. There’s an enemy we have to defeat.  We have to suffer and endure to win.  This is not a ‘war’, and the endless use of wartime metaphors, in the press, BBC, and by the Prime Minister himself is misleading and, I believe, potentially dangerous.  It’s the wrong approach.

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COVID-19: A View from a (former) Microbiologist

Representation of COVID-19 virus, looking like it was made by a community knitting circle.

The COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak is devastating, and life-changing.  At the moment, we can have no idea whether the advice and restrictions are too little too late, or a huge overreaction … perhaps what’s more disturbing is that governments across the world seem to be so unprepared for a new virus outbreak, which was inevitable, and we’re lucky this one has a mortality rate that’s relatively low.  Hopefully we’ll be better prepared next time – because there will be a next time.

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Peter Chowney, head and shoulders, outdoors. out

This blog is by Peter Chowney, former Labour leader of Hastings Council, resident of Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea, UK, and councillor for Tressell ward on Hastings Council. Also a former microbiologist, a keen gardener, chicken keeper, and classic car owner. It serves no particular purpose, beyond entertainment, debate and constructive comment. You need to be registered and logged in to comment, but if you do, please make sure it is constructive! Click on the post title to comment.

A New Blog

This Wednesday, I cease to be leader of Hastings Council. That’s because I decided to resign, after almost five years of doing the job. The new leader will be Kim Forward, in whom I have every confidence, and who I know will be an excellent council leader. The timing of my resignation was intended to be a few weeks before the May council elections. It seemed a bit disingenuous to resign immediately after the election, the local electorate needed to know who they were going to end up with as their leader if Labour were again successful and retained control of the council. In the event, the elections have now been cancelled, but I’m still resigning anyway, and Kim will formally take over on Wednesday.

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