One ‘Swallow’ Does Not The Summer Make

As the hospitality section ponders on the coming winter season, the temporary eating binge with £10 off meals will have run out, and a huge bill on its way to the government – which we all have to pay. Apparently we as a national have swallowed meal 35m vouchers at £10 a pop. Robbing Peter to pay Paul takes on a huge new dimension.

But ‘winter is coming’ as the saying goes. Outside tables not quite so inviting, inside, the number of tables halved to meet SD (social distancing). Having given thousands of pubs and restaurants a boost they could shortly fall off the edge of a cliff.

The effects of covid is three fold. Firstly the poor souls who succumb, then the devastating ‘long covid’ symptoms suffered by many survivors and finally the grotesque financial impact on business, personal pockets and livelihoods. This is the hidden statistic the rave and large party goers overlook. Lock downs, and enforced quarantine are a consequence of the virus. Financial ruin lurks around the corner and encouraged by a moron fraternity.

The year 2019 and 2020 will go down ominously in history. Let’s hope the vaccine is discovered soon and Mr Trump does not buy up the entire global output. The planet can then start to slowly heal because it will be a long and painful period before all the lights go back on.

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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