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3 May, 6 tweets, 1 min read
I don't want to be that guy. I mean I literally don't: I want a beach holiday more than I can possibly describe. But we shouldn't be going abroad and we shouldn't be having people come here for tourism either.
It sucks. This entire situation is an unspeakable piece of shit. But we're at the point of getting our day-to-day freedoms back. Variants threaten to send us back to square one. I'd take the freedom of living normally in the country over the freedom to go on holiday.
The travel list system is completely inadequate and is anyway implemented too late to keep out variants, as the India decision recently demonstrated. At home, test and trace isn't run effectively and people aren't paid to isolate.
We're so nearly in a place where we can have something approaching a normal life. But you can feel that government over-excitment growing, desire getting the better of planning.
We're leaving it up to chance when we could, right now, all-but guarantee we'd never need another months long lockdown again.
And again: this is not natural to me. I've spent the last half a decade arguing against closed borders. My happiest natural state is with a mojito by the sea. Fuck this virus. But it's hard to look at the situation we're in and come to a different conclusion.

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