If you read or listen to the news you realise there are precious few good news stories. In the midst of this unique pandemic crisis there appears to be an endless competition within the press; who can announce the worst story.
Propaganda has its good and bad points. It controls the thoughts and actions of a population by a government. At the moment the free press alternative is generating scorn, condemnation, criticism and demands. Any government is going to be caught out. The current situation is unique to the experience of anybody under 100 years old. There are going to be good, bad and indifferent solutions, all untried and inevitably could be improved with hindsight – which we all have in abundance.
Comparisons between different countries, different policies, different circumstances all achieve little until true data emerges maybe 10 years in the future. The only common element is the world at large never correctly anticipated the probability of a pandemic. Whilst the EU is planning to forge closer links between several countries to control pandemics, alarmingly this is a clique between six or so of the 27 member states, once again questioning the raison d’etre of the EU. Similarly we have seen wobbles in the operation of NATO and the WHO, thus international governmental organisations appear to fragment when push comes to shove.
Covid -19 brought out the best and worst in individuals, groups and governments. The trend to compare actions and outcomes by individual countries is pointless. There is no benefit to have a quasi best outcome league table by country, it will be ‘won’ by a country with zero infection. Geography, international travel and defensive resources took a lead, but there will be other facts to emerge. Medical conditions, race, blood group, ethnicity all compound the end result. The truth will emerge, or maybe it will not. We need to move on and learn from our experience. Defence is expensive especially when it is never used, but that is the sole for reason for having it in the first place.