Got the Message Yet?

Got the Message Yet?

July 2020

In April 2020 following UKGov's lockdown of the UK on the 23rd of March, Simon Dolan started a Crowd Justice fund to challenge the lockdown. For an image in his pitch he used the following:

The first time I became aware of Dolan's pitch, I thought it was interesting how he selected this image out of a potentially limitless pool of photographs. It sums up perfectly what lockdown did to our high streets and the economy as a whole. It destroyed it overnight.

If UKGov believed this would be a temporary measure lasting 3 weeks then they were clearly wrong.

As I write this text today - the 29th of July 2020 - the above visual display of damage to the UK economy is still ongoing. This is 4 months after the 23rd of March lockdown. Let's take a look at a few examples that I saw posted on Twitter.

Paddington Railway Station

This was Paddington railway station mid-afternoon on Saturday the 25th July 2020. The same time a year earlier and this station would be heaving. These images are courtesy of Jezza:

Here is another photograph of Paddington railway station, this time taken inside by Richard Tice during rush hour on Tuesday the 4th of August 2020:

London Underground

The next photograph is of London Underground, taken on the 6th of August 2020. Is that 1 paying customer? This lockdown/face-nappy nonsense is a good business model. Photograph courtesy of Mike Graham.

Manchester St Peter’s Square

The following is of Manchester St Peter’s Square on Monday the 27th of July at 6pm. What was once the end of day rush hour, now a ghost town. The image is courtesy of Ben:

Manchester Piccadilly Station

The following is of Manchester Piccadilly railway station at ‘rush hour’ on Wednesday the 29th of July 2020; courtesy of Gavin Ramjaun:

St Martins Lane, London

The following photograph was taken at lunchtime on Monday the 3rd of August 2020 at St Martins Lane in the heart of London’s West End. The image is courtesy of The Core:

London Bridge

The next photograph is of London Bridge taken on the morning of the 18th of August 2020. Like a scene out of the film 28 Days Later.

London High Street

The following photograph was used by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in his 13th of August 2020 article in the FT:

City centres need government support to recover, FT, 13th of August 2020.

In his article he blames everyone in non-Labour politics apart from himself. He fails to make the association between his love of the face nappy and empty streets, shops and businesses. Thick or what!

Empty Train to London

The rail system will either go bust or require nationalisation, neither of which the British people desire.

Train into London 9am, 4th of September 2020.

Photo courtesy of Isabel Oakeshott.

Waverley Railway Station

The following is of Waverley railway station taken in the week before Christmas.

Edinburgh Waverley railway station, 20th December 2020.

Eerie snap shows Edinburgh Waverley Station looking like a ghost town, Edinburgh Live, 20th of December 2020.

Got the Message Yet?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson - have you got the message yet?

Along with other draconian measures, compulsory face masks on public transport, aircraft and in shops were killing the economy. I know from my own personal experience that once face masks were introduced I stopped using public transport and visiting shops.

As of July 2020, 20% of workers were still of furlough and 40% of workers who used to work at a place other than their home, were still working remotely, effectively killing the inner city worker support infrastructure.

Hundreds of thousands made unemployed, helping empty cities.

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Further Reading

An excellent summary of the scale of the impact on small businesses resulting from unnecessary lockdown measures:

'Some days we don't get a single customer': Damning proof that COVID 'cowardice' is killing a nation of shopkeepers, This is Money, 25th of August 2020.

The impact of many businesses never returning to an office working environment:

Warnings of 'ghost towns' if staff do not return to the office, BBC News, 27th of August 2020.

An August 2020 article about Pret a Manager laying off 1/3rd of its workforce due to UKGov's lockdown ghost cities:

Pret a Manger axes 2,800 roles from its coffee and sandwich bars - as office workers continue to avoid town centres, Daily Mail, 27th of August 2020.

The above bullshit is going on all over the world. The article below contains several photographs of the State of Victoria in Australia while its 6 week curfew was put into place at the start of August 2020. No economy can sustain such measures for a minimum of 6 weeks, and can only lead to the collapse of the economy. With all the evening and nightlife cancelled it will cost their economy £billions and bankrupt it. And for what, around 7 COVID-19 deaths/day? Absolute madness:

Melbourne's empty streets under lockdown and curfew – in pictures, The Guardian, 3rd of August 2020.