You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

Ok a short post- mainly to share some observations for what they are worth

The Lovely, Smart, Effective, Inspiring Jacinda Ardern

1 I love Jacinda Ardern- New Zealand’s PM. Really I do! Last year she impressed me with the way she dealt with the awful incident of the terrorist who targeted Muslims. Now she is impressing me with how she and her country is dealing with Coronavirus. Decisive, effective, compassionate, empathic and to top it all, she and her ministers take a voluntary 20% pay cut. So yeh- I love that woman and I wish my country had a leader like that.

2 Leading on from point 1. When reading about Jacinda I was struck how many of the countries dealing most effectively with the crisis in the world are led by women. Check out this article, makes fascinating reading. Certainly makes you think.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/14/asia/women-government-leaders-coronavirus-hnk-intl/index.html

3 My last post about how now is actually a good time to stop drinking resonated with a few readers. Made me realise that I was so lucky to have given up on 1st September last year. I’ve given my body a fighting chance of being better prepared should I contract this bloody virus. But then I thought,”Was it luck or was there something in the Zeitgeist that led me to giving up drink at that point.” I’m beginning to thing there was a confluence of factors; greater awareness of the damage we are doing to the planet (good old Greta!), more people shunning the handed down assumption that to have a good time you had to do things like drink, a growing distrust of how big business encourages unhealthy habits, and a realisation that we can shape our own destinies.

4 I look around now and see many people overeating, drinking more excessively, basically a lot of people who do not seem very fit. Not all by any means but a lot. I see a divide according to class and inequality and realise that for all the talk about public health, successive governments, in the UK at least, have simply not done enough to promote good public health. School playing fields have been sold off, public spaces reduced, no real money has been put into cycling and building a network of safe cycle paths, there’s still no minimum alcohol unit pricing in England despite the evidence that it works (as in Scotland) and the suspicion reemerges that governments have a bigger interest in tax receipts from the food and drink industries than really making a difference to public health. We have neglected real efforts to help all sections of our societies healthy, and now when having a healthy body is the one defence we seem to have against the virus we realise just how important health is. We have a pandemic that people like Bill Gates warned us about 5 years ago but for which there was little to no preparation. We merrily boozed and chomped our way through more than we ever needed. Governments could have spent time and money preparing for a pandemic but that costs money and some governments think we all want a low tax, consumer society where we can consume scarce resources and eat and drink ourselves senseless above all else. Maybe they got that wrong. Maybe that’s not how many felt before the crisis and even more feel differently now.

Maybe the Zeitgeist is about to change. Let’s hope so.

That’s it. Just some thoughts.

Jim X

24 thoughts on “You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

  1. limetwiste

    Another fan here of Jacinda. Feeling very grateful to be a kiwi right now.
    Grateful to be sober too.
    I am one who needs more exercise during the lockdown. Starting to look like one of the Teletubbies.

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      1. limetwiste

        Move to NZ instead and I might consider sharing both PM and chocolate biscuits.
        Boldly typing this while on the couch still in my pjs. Thinking I may venture to exercise today now that I have one cheerleader. LT x

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      2. Jim Simmonds Post author

        I wish I could, yours seems one of the best countries to be in at the moment! I’ve just been on my bike so come on get that backside in gear! Jim x

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      1. limetwiste

        We are in a downgraded Level 3 as of Tuesday past. Still isolating and practising social distancing but it is better with access to goods and being able to go out for a drive or a walk a little further than around the block.

        We have a storm this weekend and for those who were craving a party hopefully that has put a dampener on it. I don’t want to go back to Level 4 lockdown again. Enjoying listening to the rain on the roof. We have had a drought so the rain is very welcome.

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  2. Untipsyteacher

    Speaking of leaders…..I can’t. I’d be kicked off of WP! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    Thankful my husband and I are working hard not to overeat or buy snacks to keep in the house.
    It would be so easy.
    I agree about divide between classes. Also, in the US, African Americans are dying from Covid, at a higher percentage than whites, partly because of economics and lack of health care to poorer parts of populations.
    xo
    Wendy

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  3. nomorebeer2019

    yes yes yes ! and somehow people seem to do things in the wrong order, for example try to diet before they try to quit (or reduce) drinking. I know that for me it took dropping the booze to begin to see a bigger picture, as the one you describe in your post, emerge. xoxoxo Anne

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      I’m with you on that one Anne, booze first definitely. It’s also so much easier to give something up completely such as booze than be disciplined over something you have to keep doing like eating. 🙂X

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  4. clairei47

    Really good points and agreed 100% Jim. Sadly I am not as good at controlling the amount of snacks and crap that I eat as I have been with stopping the booze!! I need to take a leaf out of Wendy’s book and not buy it in. The class decide is very sad and really concerning. Claire x

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  5. Lovie Price

    some of the collateral damage we are experiencing here( in the U.S.) that many hadn’t thought of ( of course i did weeks ago but thats because i over think everything): Just in the small locale that i reside in we are starting to show an increase in mental health related crimes , an increase in domestic violence, and” most noticeably” opiod overdoses related to addicts being unable to obtain support during the lockdown. The most recent news article in our local paper stated that we have had more overdoses since the beginning of March in York, Pa ( the county i am in) than they normally have in the entire year as well as alcohol abuse deaths .There are no meetings happening for those who need it and their usual support systems aren’t there due to isolating.It is a scary time over here.

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      1. Lovie Price

        exactly…storming the capital with guns, like..what are they gonna do? shoot the virus? those people are the worst..if they saw a baby in a fur coat their trigger happy asses would shoot first ask questions later…THEY are the Trump cultists..and our “president” is inciting them to do it!

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  6. Addy

    Very many good points. I find I have increased my fitness regime by 200% and am eating as many vitamin-enriched meals as I can. However, I noticed a cheeky bag of small chocolate eggs crept into my shopping delivery last week. Must have clicked on them, by accident.;) I worry about the many people who cannot get back to work, have been made redundant or are self-employed.

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    1. Jim Simmonds Post author

      Yep we are going to see deaths and injuries related to the hardships that’s for sure. It’s a real balancing act this lock down- open up business I just hope we get it right . Jim x

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