The immediate response to the governmentâ€™s new Covid19 messaging has been a mixture of confusion and outrage. Commentators and academics seem bemused, the only possible explanation being that the government is incompetent.
But actually, I think itâ€™s very deliberate â€” and if their ultimate goal is to retain power rather than save lives â€” very smart.
…Covid19 will now become an inconvenient hindrance to our lives, but one that each of us needs to take personal responsibility for dealing with, and getting back to normal as best we can. In this story, government steps back and gets out of the way, because people are best left to look out for themselves. We are individuals, there is no such thing as society.
The dark corollary of course is that if you get the disease, it will be your fault â€” because you will not have stayed sufficiently alert.