Pandemic Principles are only for the little people
Pandemic Principles are only for the little peoplethe defining moment from the”rules for thee but not for me” ethos of the ruling class during the Covid-19 pandemic might have come when neil ferguson, the epidemiologist behind britain’s lockdown policy, met with his married girlfriend at de?ance of the constraints he promoted.
Eager to sabotage the usual people with penalties if they neglected to socially distance, he saw no reason to inconvenience himself exactly the exact same manner –but at least he conceded that propriety needed him to resign his government post once the trysts were found in May.
“He’s peculiarly violated his own guidelines, and to get an intelligent guy I ?nd that quite hard to believe,” marveled Sir Iain Duncan Smith, a prominent member of the ruling Conservative Party.
Well, yes. But like most of too many o?cials,
Ferguson obviously never believed he would be caught violating rules he’d never supposed be applied to himself.
That mindset is evident in Illinois Gov.
J.B. Pritzker, whose wife and daughter seen possessions in Florida and Wisconsin even as he ordered state residents to remain in the home except for”essential” activities. “My o?cial responsibilities have nothing to do with my family,” Pritzker hu?ed when a reporter called him out of his family’s wanderings. “So I’m not going to answer that question. It is inappropriate, and I ?nd it reprehensible.”
Reprehensible might more correctly describe government o?cials who punish the typical folk for behaviour where they indulge. The term also could be applied to o?cials and hangerson who attempt to leverage their rankings for particular advantage.
This appears to be what motivated Marc Mallory, husband of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, at the lead-up into Memorial Day weekend. After his wife eased a few of the travel restrictions she had imposed on state residents, Mallory invoked his political connections in a collapsed e?ort to get his boat in the water before everybody else.
“He jokingly asked if being married to me might move up him,” Whitmer surrendered following the o?ended marina owner explained the incident, which he discovered less than funny, on social media. “It,” she added. “I wish it would not have happened.” She didn’t clarify whether it had been the power play along with the marina owner’s public criticism. “I know some are upset that I dined indoors at a restaurant at Maryland yesterday,” Kenney sni?ed on Twitter at August. “I believed the risk was reduced because the county I visited has fewer than 800 COVID-19 instances, in comparison to over 33,000 cases in Philadelphia. Regardless, I know the frustration.”
A few days after, Eater Philadelphia published a long but incomplete list of restaurants that had permanently closed their doors due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The former owners of those companies undoubtedly have plenty of frustration to talk about with the mayor. “I take responsibility for falling for a set up by a locality salon I have gone for several years.”
Perhaps it was a set up –the salon proprietor is an open critic of Pelosi and of pandemic restrictions. However, a set up would be possible simply since the owner could correctly assume the House speaker would not ?inch at violating widely publicized restrictions.
As we’ve seen again and again, such hypocrisy is common. We are expected to su?er distress, economic distress, and psychological distress or else pay ?nes and even serve jail time. Government o?cials, meanwhile, take o?ense when called out for violating the standards they created.
The pandemic will eventually pass, but it is going to leave behind our memories of diehard governments who believe themselves above the concerns of the ordinary people. Long after the virus has been gone, these memories ought to stay with us as a vaccine against prospective trust in representatives of the state.