I WILL WRITE A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ON PLANET EARTH BLOGS THROUGHOUT THE TORY SPONSORED CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.
What follows is a random collection of thoughts from a human being trapped in 21st Century British society.
My good friend Julie Adams has written the following letter to the Conservative MP for Wrexham, Sarah Atherton. I fully support every word and I hope Julie gets the reply she deserves. It is exciting to learn that Dominic Cummings is due to give a public statement later today:
I am writing to you as a matter of urgency regarding the actions of Dominic Cummings, as reported in several newspapers over the weekend (at least some of which have already been confirmed as true). As a senior aide to the Prime Minister, and someone who has sat in on COBRA meetings where lockdown regulations have been decided and revised, his position is surely now untenable.
Millions of people across the UK, including those here in Wrexham, have complied completely with the instructions to help minimise the spread of Covid-19, to protect our NHS and to save lives. This has resulted in people not being able to be with critically ill loved ones, not being able to be with loved ones as they lay dying, not being able to attend funerals or receive solace from immediate family members in person when bereaved, and in lengthy separations from family members and friends who don’t live in the same household. It is beyond contempt to ask people to a) continue to comply with regulations and b) not to feel huge frustration, anger, and resentment at there seemingly being a separate rule for Dominic Cummings and another for everyone else in the UK.
As you are aware, MPs, councillors and those who advise them are held to a higher standard of behaviour than members of the public, and are required to abide by the seven principles of public life. I notice that MPs of all political persuasions are demanding the resignation of Dominic Cummings. I believe this to be such a serious matter that it goes beyond accepting his resignation. I urge you to call on the Prime Minister to fulfil his obligation to the principles of public life and to show leadership by removing Mr Cummings from his position at the earliest possible opportunity . If this is not done, any credibility the Prime Minister has will be reduced to a level that may see his position become untenable.
In the middle of a global pandemic, with a very uncertain future and further job losses almost guaranteed for your constituents, they and the country do not need to be plunged into another constitutional crisis. What is needed now is strong leadership and timely, decisive action.
I sincerely hope you will act on the contents of this email, and deem it important enough to respond to during this two-week break. I am more than happy to discuss this with you further and you may contact me by telephone or email should you wish. My details are below.
What is the point of a Bank Holiday during a lockdown? Fair enough when people are working flat out, but I highly doubt that anyone wants to spend anymore time cooped up in their house with the imbecile they wrongly thought they could spend the rest of their lives with. #justsaying
I need to write a separate blog about the situation I find myself in at the moment, but this morning I could clearly see the answer to something that has been frustrating me for the last 12 months at least – there is no doubt that I need 2:1 support to be able to function at my creative best.
I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew, as it has taken me long enough to secure the 24/7 support that I currently receive. However, if I am to be on a level playing field with the rest of society I feel that I need the support of two people. I spend a lot of time at my laptop but since my dexterity has deteriorated I can no longer type without support. There is no technology that can help this situation, so the only solution is to dictate to another.
The problem is that the PAs that I employ have other duties to fulfill during a shift – washing, toileting, showering, dressing, eating, drinking, cleaning, cooking and the like. I am often unable to get the thoughts that are locked inside my head on to paper whether it be a blog, poem or a piece of art. This obviously effects my mental health and I feel that I am constantly searching for a escape route from the prison of frustration that I have been sentenced to.
I will write more about this in the future, but for now I have to cut this short because we are perilously close to the end of a shift, and I need to eat as well as all the other jobs I have been putting off in favour of typing.