It’s dark under here,
And, of course,
There are wheels that are famous
For going round and around.
I imagine they will hurt
When they run through my body,
And pushing out air
With the life that I had,
That I thought that I loved.
Oh, how I long not to get political on my blog! But it’s so hard to keep your mouth shut when you’re fuming. Am I right? So, on that note, I did want to take a moment to acknowledge the phenomenon that is ‘throwing somebody under the bus’.
I’m seeing it happening so much on the news at the moment. And unfortunately it seems to be the scientists and other experts who are falling victim while the politicians strut around like they knew the answer all along.
Yesterday the UK became the worst affected European country in this pandemic and yet our headlines are all about a scientist who visited the woman he is having an affair with. Now, I don’t agree with breaking rules and I have real problems with affairs BUT it seemed like the government were just using this as a way to deflect from the shit show that is taking place on their watch.
But, in saying that, I do think that it’s a very human reaction to stress. The ministers are making life and death decisions and are probably working seven days a week; they are under an enormous amount of pressure. And pressure is what causes these knee jerk reactions.
I’m sure we’ve all had bosses that have appeared to be way out of their depth and then when the shit hits the fan they turn around and put all the blame on you to save their own skin.
So, although my blood is boiling at the moment, I can see why these things are happening. I think these ministers are scared about what is going to happen to them when the dust settles and some serious questions are asked of them. But what they need to remember is that these scientists love their job and value their reputation. Using them as a scapegoat will wreck everything they have worked for.
I think that we’re all learning so much about human nature and our own flaws during this turbulent time. Perhaps, when we come out at the other end we could start to take a bit more responsibility for our own mistakes. It’s a bloody hard thing to do, to swallow your pride, but I think we’ll all earn a little more respect if we do.