Keep Calm And Stop Hording

As supermarket shelves are stripped bare we must in theory be one of the cleanest and well fed nation? Supermarkets are enjoying a renaissance where brand wars have ceased and turnover has doubled, for the time being. And for all the wrong reasons.

Hopefully the crazy anti-social element of the situation will ease quickly. Time to reflect on the have and have not’s sections of society. The have not’s ironically include key workers who work all hours only to find they are last in the queue for food at the emptied supermarkets.

The supply of food is not at risk but the irrational herd driven mob rule hoarding is only one step away from the looters.

And now we enter the phase where the greedy and manipulative nasty element of society emerge. Stock exchanges raided bare by hedge fund manipulators anxious to make a fast buck no matter what the consequences. Airlines who refused to let the government bail out Flybe are now the same ones now demanding financial support as their markets have also collapsed. The same ones who put one hand out for financial help whilst the other is paying £160m in dividends to shareholders.

As trains, buses, ships, cars and planes are ‘grounded’ or curtailed the beneficial effect on the environment is huge: a massive element of serendipity. Maybe we need to reconsider our whole approach as we emerge from this crisis.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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