People don’t get it: I work in the City of London. My office is surrounded by huge investment banks, law firms, management consultants. None of them are going back to work in their buildings. The wealthy realise COVID is bad and are avoiding it. Meanwhile the government is
sending the rest of us back to work, back to school, back to university, back to get sick. I can’t tell you what a ghost town the financial district is. Most of the shops and food places have closed, probably for good. But the question is why one rule for them and another for us?
Everyone should have the privileges that the wealthy and powerful have, not to get sick. You want to know why lockdown ended? Because they figured out people who would go back to work after had expendable lives. Same for all the people who were made to work through lockdown.
Same with track and trace - it is shit because they literally do not give the slightest shit about us, and they know that the wealthy are looking after themselves and not getting exposed to the virus. So yeah, this is the context in which posh people in the Telegraph tell us
To “go back to normal” and “get the economy going again” - how about this: let’s all go back to work when it’s deemed safe enough for the investment bankers, the corporate lawyers, and the management consultants. Perhaps that would speed up the efforts to actually care for us.

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