What can the UK learn from COVID19? Part 3.
The final article regarding what the UK can learn from the 2020 pandemic.
After having looked at the more obvious things we can learn from the Coronavirus, it's now time to look at the more specific takeaways.
More needs to be done to help people in relationships with domestic abusers.
Domestic abuse in the United Kingdom is more common than you might think, with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime. With the lockdown regulations that were implemented, it left many feeling anxious as to what came next, with many people feeling like they weren't able to escape from their abusive partner.
Whilst Government helped to implement policies to help people living with a domestic abuser; and domestic abuse charities working with others such as the news media and day time television programmes, to help people leave an unsafe home, the Metropolitan Police reported an increase of cases of domestic abuse by 24% during the lockdown period.
Domestic abuse continues to be a big, and very common problem in the United Kingdom, and the Government needs to keep this in mind when implementing lockdown periods, and managing a way to help vicitims feel safe.
Government is at risk of turning the British Public against them.
Whilst it might seem like a bold statement, there are various things that have angered a big portion of the British Public. From entering lockdown too late, coming out of it too early, and not providing statistics, the British Government is at risk of turning the British Public against them.
When the daily news briefings started in regards to the Coronavirus, statistics were often given on how many tests they wanted to achieve, how many people were infected, how many died etc. However, as the days passed, things started to change, and the news briefings stopped telling us how many tests were done. Whilst it might seem like a small detail to miss out, it risks people thinking that the Government has something to hide.
On 4th July, most pubs and restaurants are set to re-open, in what many people view to be a big mistake. Many people view this as Government taking the UK out of lockdown too soon, especially when on average there is still about 200 deaths a day from the virus.
If the Government wants to avoid a loss of faith from the British Public and insure a Conservative victory at the next General Election, it needs to be the most transparent it can be with its statistics, and ensure it is prioritising the public health rather than the economy, and ensure that should a second wave occur, it goes back into lockdown swiftly.
There is a magic money tree afterall...
In 2017, the then Prime Minister Theresa May stated that there was 'no magic money tree' in response to comments about a lack of pay rises for nurses, who hadn't received a pay rise in 8 years.
It turns out, there was a magic money tree after all.
The Government is expected to have borrowed up to £337 billion this year alone, meanwhile Boris Johnson's Prime Ministerial plane got a £900 thousand makeover, the failed NHS Track and Trace app has cost £11.8 million, and the Government is spending £5 billion on making a rival satellite system to the EU's Galileo Satellite - which the UK could have continued using if included in the Brexit deal.
All in all, the Government has shown that it is very quick to spend money on things that weren't deemed necessary, especially in the middle of a Corona' Crisis.
So what can we take away from all of this?
There is a lot we can learn from the events that have transpired this year. To make it brief: plans need to be put in place just in case the world faces another virus like the one currently happening; Government needs to help solve the problems of poverty that currently exist in British society - rather than spending thousands of pounds on painting a plane; funding needs to be adequately handled, especially for the National Health Service to ensure that an institution such as the NHS is never left underprepared; Goverment needs to implement plans to help vulnerable groups of people in society - such as victims of domestic abuse, to ensure that lockdown isn't something that puts people's lives in jeopardy; and finally, Government needs to be transparent with the public about all statistics and ensure that they act in the public's best interests, rather than the best interests of the economy.
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