Everything has been reduced to insignificance by the public health emergency.
Another coronavirus has made the leap to human to human transmission (the disease Covid-19 following on from Mers and Sars) and its ability to spread, to reduce people to needing intensive care and to kill people puts such a burden on our health and social care services that a form of lock down on many people working, studying, playing to meeting up has been introduced. Many of our public services and entertainments are no longer available.
Beyond follow government advice, I’ve posted a number of mid-month progress reports and blog entries related to the public health emergency –
Covid-19 (9th), Mid-month progress report – March 2020 (10th), Mid-month progress report – March 2020 (2) (20th), Buying for 14 days will trigger temporary shortages (21st), Working through the crisis in systematic way (23rd), Complying with the new rules (24th), Advice from Nottingham City Council on Covid-19 (26th), Local Police priorities (31st).
People like Tony Blair have offered helpful advice and questions are growing about whether Government acted early enough on personal protection equipment for doctors, nurses and carers; on sufficient testing; on procuring enough respirators and who from. Meanwhile, the tv media continues to demonstrate vapidity and occasional misdirection.
Casework in The Meadows has much reduced because whilst there is much more going on and much more to be sorted, people are getting on with sorting it. So instead, daily exercising walks have acted as way of assessing roads and pavements, checking for graffiti and tipping, taking celebratory photos of works done and checking out how the shopping centre is doing.
There were public meetings at the beginning of the month (e.g. NeMTRA AGM), but everything is now cancelled, including meetings of the council (full council set the budget; planning committee was the last meeting for some time). Enviroenergy met using a telecommunications conference. Robin Hood Energy reported a big annual loss.
Some satisfaction with how well people are responding to the calls to stay home; yes, it’s fear of catching the disease, but it’s also looking out for family and friends, avoiding having to fully isolate and doing what’s right for everyone. Friendships and acquaintances have become something stronger as people set up social media networks for neighbourly mutual support and supplies for those who cannot get out.
Nevertheless, other problems come through – including new triggers for long-standing disputes between neighbours and higher levels of domestic abuse – so often unseen. People selling and buying drugs also carry a higher profile and the Police have had recent successes on arresting people for dealing and know to keep patrolling the hotspots.
Some satisfaction, but only some, at the conviction of an 18 year old who used a half Samurai sword to kill a son of The Meadows last year, being convicted for murder.
115 cases logged since 3rd May, 2020, from around 48 clients, collected from phone calls, e-mails, Facebook posts etc.
There is one almighty reckoning to come as we assess whether firms and projects and jobs that have been lost, needn’t have been. Our understanding of who are important and what’s important is changing and there will come a time when we will resolve to win the new peace.