Doing Precisely What We’ve Done 18 Times Before Is Exactly The Last Thing They’ll Expect Us To Do This Time

James Proclaims (4)

As I write this it is Monday morning, and we’ve yet to formally hear any details of Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ to lifting lockdown. He’s going to speak later. But details have been leaked. And those details look suspiciously like the ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown 1.

Is it unfair of me to compare our very real prime minister with the fictitious (though horrifyingly plausible) portrayal of an incompetent World War 1 general, by Stephen Fry in the peerless sitcom Blackadder Goes Forth?

Possibly.

Maybe Boris will astound us all this afternoon.

But I’m confident enough that he won’t to schedule this post for tomorrow morning even though I’ve yet to hear him speak.

A combination of vaccines and improving weather may well see the latest government strategy be more successful than the way they prepared us for the winter months (because who could possibly have predicted that a virus that thrives in cold weather would get worse in winter?), but if it is, I still think it will be far more down to luck than any kind of judgment.

I’m still not going to book my summer holiday just yet if it’s all the same to Boris.

  19 comments for “Doing Precisely What We’ve Done 18 Times Before Is Exactly The Last Thing They’ll Expect Us To Do This Time

  1. February 23, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Ya gotta love Boris, virus management maestro, citizen of his own virtual reality.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 23, 2021 at 7:27 am

      It’s important to stay positive and test negative

      Liked by 2 people

      • February 23, 2021 at 7:30 am

        How come he always strikes me as a double negative? Must just be me?

        Liked by 1 person

  2. February 23, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Still confused
    Not amused
    I think he said just carry on blogging.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 23, 2021 at 8:36 am

      It’s all we can do really

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  3. February 23, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I have May 17th pencilled in for Lockdown 4. Which is a shame as bookings for summer weeks in my holiday properties flooded in last night for some reason.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 23, 2021 at 8:38 am

      That is an unexpected turn of events. Who’d have though that publishing a list of optimistic but unguaranteeable dates would have that impact on holiday bookings?

      Liked by 1 person

      • February 23, 2021 at 8:42 am

        General Melchett and family is one of them. His Darling is coming of course.

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  4. February 23, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Meh. I’m still sitting in lockdown in Toronto… 🇨🇦😭

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 23, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      We still are too, but the plan does look like it will set us all free to infect each other soon.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. February 23, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    To be fair, I’m kind of a fan of Boris’s haircut.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 23, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      It’s very much the look of the day. I have a similar style myself.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. February 23, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    A plump breasted pigeon called Speckled Jim will be taking on the role of head of communications so that we get the messaging right this time.How’s that for cronyism!

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 23, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      We didn’t receive any orders and we definitely didn’t eat this delicious plump breasted pigeon

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  7. February 24, 2021 at 3:39 am

    They are really pushing the vaccine here in the US. I had an appointment than was canceled due to bad weather. Now it will be the last of March before I can get in. They keep pushing people that do not want the vaccine to get it, but don’t have enough appointments for those that do. And now it may be the end of the year before things are close to normal. They keep pushing it back.

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    • February 24, 2021 at 6:22 am

      I suspect the wild optimism of our lot will soon be tempered by reality too

      Liked by 1 person

    • February 24, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      sounds like the vaccine programme is being rolled out by American Airways.

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  8. February 25, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Our American Boris left Office so we’re not locked down any more But be careful He staged a coup before he did

    Take time to Laugh. It’s worth it

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