2020 July to Dec

There is no doubt now that 2020 will be forever characterised as the year of coronavirus or as the year of pandemic, but not as the year of Covid-19, for all that such a label might be more accurate. We are beginning to see the parallels with a hundred years ago and the 'Spanish 'Flu' outbreak, so much of which is the same. Europe, in the second half of this year, is coming to terms with having had a wave of disease and is hoping not to have a second wave, but the balance between the apparently conflicting demands of public health and the national economy is not an easy one to achieve. In all respects the UK seems to fare badly, suggesting to me that it is high time we overhauled our accepted institutions, including our version of democracy.

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