I take no satisfaction in saying ‘I told you so’, but well, I told you so. What is happening around the World right now is exactly what I’ve been warning of over the past decade, though I’ll admit I did not expect it to be ushered in at quite such speed.
You need to look no further than the UK to see just how far down the path towards dystopia we have gone. Just four months ago I was in the UK visiting family and everything was as it has always been, yes that’s right I could go anywhere, meets anyone and not even have to cover my face on public transport.
It was a time of relative bliss, popping to the supermarket was a 5 minute venture, pubs were packed and some people even raised their voices at times! Once I heard someone singing in the Pub. But that was four months ago, that was pre-pandemic.
Since then the UK has suffered four months of lockdown, an entire shutdown of the economy and social infrastructure. While in Lockdown the public have had to contend with possibly the most contradictory and confusing 24/7 commentary on the pandemic you could imagine. The clowns over at Westminster have been ensuring the public are well and truly stupefied at all times.
Well, society is being reopened, but it’s not the society you remember pre-lockdown. Freedom has peaked and fallen off the edge of the proverbial cliff.
Dystopia (from Ancient Greek δυσ- “bad” and τόπος “place”; alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening.
The new rules for easing lockdown will come into effect on July 4th.
Here is the list of new rules set out by the UK’s Conservative party:
1 . Social distancing has been reduced to 1 meter where 2 meters is not possible.
2. Pubs to reopen, however, no loud music, no singing and no shouting. Drinks will need to be ordered using an app and before you go, don’t forget to register first!
3. Pubs will need to “assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed” in order to contain clusters or outbreaks.
4. Entertainment venues can reopen, but “should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience.”
5. Restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, libraries, social clubs, places of worship, museums, fun fairs, community centres, zoos, amusement arcades, holiday homes, hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites can all reopen providing they abide by the strict measures in reducing virus spread.
6. At any time two separate households can meet either inside or outside. People can also stay overnight at another household. This guideline is not limited to the same two households, so people can mix with another household one day and a separate the next. However, this is limited to two households – multiple households cannot meet indoors at the same time.
While the new rules are ridiculous in their own right, the reality of the implications these rules will have on our daily lives is huge.
You are not getting your freedom back, you just got access to the newly designed prison grounds.
Track & Trace
Track & Trace is not going to go away once the virus disappears, it is something that will now be a part of everyday life and will be utilised wherever possible. I know this not because its been announced or stated anywhere, I know this because of the way it’s being marketed, the way in which it has been rolled out and the way in which the majority of people have embraced it.
Why would you stop with COVID-19 Track & Trace when there are so many other use cases for such a system.
Though if you have been paying attention over the past few years, you would know that track & trace for most mobile users already exists. Google have been storing your location points for years, your TOM TOM Satellite navigation units also track & trace your every move.
If none of these managed to track you, the ever expanding CCTV surveillance systems with facial recognition will have caught you at least a few times in any given day. There is nowhere to hide.
‘Others’ are the enemy
You have probably already been witness to this new phenomenon, the look of outright panic in someone’s eyes when they bump into you, or you into them in a supermarket.
They do a little dance, jump back, mumble something unintelligible under their ridiculous and useless face mask and quickly move on.
While the fear of other people is not a rule, it is a direct and intentional result of the mass psychological propaganda that has been pumping out of every media orifice since the beginning of the year.
Don’t fool for it people, embrace each other and push back against this ridiculous attempt to destroy what little freedom we had left.
There should be very few enemies in any of our lives, actually typically there should be just one – The State.