Don’t Do as They Do; Just Do

Oh dear, the Tories has been flouting the rules again.  Quelle surprise!  Last year’s Barnard Castle is this year’s No. 10 Christmas Party.

Unfortunately, this year’s latest government PR farrago has coincided with the important announcement of new Covid restrictions, and the public’s reaction has been predictable: “Why should I follow the restrictions if the Prime Minister isn’t?  It’s one rule for them and one rule for us.”

Predictable, but, I would also argue, entirely illogical.

If Allegra Stratton and a bunch of No. 10 insiders want to ignore coronavirus restrictions and hold a Christmas party, first and foremost they are putting themselves at risk of infection; next they are putting their nearest and dearest at risk; and then somewhat further down the line, they are putting the rest of us nose-at-the-glass, non-invitees at risk.

I do not propose to be similarly cavalier with either my health or my family’s health by ignoring NHS advice, just because a small band of elitists choose to do so.

I follow the guidelines because they make sense, based on my own assessments of relative risks and shared community responsibilities.  If my neighbour chooses to ignore them, then that is his business, but it is not going to affect my behaviour.

A more visually arresting analogy might illustrate the point better.

In some entirely fictional future, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps is driving his Model 3 Tesla at 60mph without wearing his seatbelt and he crashes, sending his limp and helpless body shooting through the front windscreen, to land in a bloody and lifeless mess on the roadside.  What should the public response be?

“I’m not going to wear a seatbelt any longer.  It’s one rule for them and one rule for us.”?

or

I’ll be sure to always wear a seatbelt, because I don’t want the same thing happening to me?

Ultimately, it’s your choice. 

© Simon Turner-Tree

Simon Turner-Tree knows what course he is following.

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