compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
has so succinctly proposed ...
"Coronavirus is proof that globalisation
has left us dangerously vulnerable"
...and he goes on to say: "I wish I’d been louder before.
The problem with being a critic of globalisation on the
centre-Right is that it’s a lonely business: the moment
you suggest it’s not a good idea to ship our entire
manufacturing base off to Wuhan, you’re branded a
socialist. But the coronavirus has brought home two
painful realities. First, we are reliant on imports for key
products, which leaves us vulnerable to external shocks
(something poorer countries have known for years). The
NHS’s main supplier of generic drugs, for instance, is
now India, and India is already restricting exports.
(Officials say there are currently no shortages and that
the NHS has stockpiled.)
The second reality is that we have ceded strategic
advantage to China. Globalisation was supposed to
make us securer by reducing our reliance on expensive
domestic producers, but the downside is that we have
integrated into the world economy a rising power that
doesn’t play by our rules, something the coronavirus
has illustrated horribly" and as others have reported
A decision by Italian authorities to place 16 million
people into coronavirus quarantine descended into
chaos on Sunday night as dozens of flights from
affected areas were permitted to land in Britain.
More than a quarter of the population of Italy was
placed on lockdown in a bid to stem the spread of
the coronavirus after deaths in the country rose by
a third in a single day."
Whilst Ambrose Evans-Pritchard sets the political tone
by exclaiming that: "The world’s geopolitical order will
be unrecognisable once Covid-19 has done its worst.
Long-standing regimes will be badly compromised.
Political systems that have never fully recovered from
the Lehman crisis will suffer a second body blow.
Those Western democratic governments that have
been most complacent or incompetent will be torn to
shreds by unforgiving electorates. Social media will see
to that. Covid-19 is turning into a strategic contest
between the social control model of China’s Communist
Party and the unruly, free-spirited pluralism of the West.
How that comparison plays out will shape the global
order in the 21st Century. In this country, Brexit scarcely
matters right now. Decimal points of GDP are irrelevant.
Boris Johnson will be judged on whether or not his
administration allows avoidable decimation of the
elderly – and the not so elderly – and whether the
National Health Service buckles in catastrophic
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