These complaints are extremely stupid:
Many people were nose-to-nose with people on the Tube, trains and buses as well as platforms despite being told to be two metres apart to avoid catching coronavirus, which has claimed 335 lives so far.
Transport union TSSA today called for police to be deployed at all main London underground and overground stations to make sure only key workers are getting on trains amid claims Tube staff could walk out unless ID checks start immediately.
No doubt there are some people going out who shouldn’t be. But there are two things to remember here. London almost entirely relies on public transport. It’s been pushed as the way to travel in the capital for decades now. For most people there is no alternative to being squashed together like sardines to travel, it’s what the government has been forcing you to do. So don’t blame commuters if the dimwits in government are only now realising that there are massive downsides to high-density communal transport.
Secondly, I don’t think a lot of people understand just how many jobs are essential. The Guardianistas and the Twitterati and the chattering classes live in a rarified world where most people are ballet teachers, or diversity coordinators, or graduate students, or they live off their husbands. They don’t realise that there are millions of people doing everyday work that needs to keep going if they are to be fed and showered and able to use their phones.
Here are just some of the workers who need to keep working:
Doctors, nurses, and all NHS staff.
Everyone who works in the water industry.
Everyone who works in the gas industry.
Everyone who works in the electricity industry, including workers at power stations.
Everyone who works keeping the physical internet running, and a lot of the software workers too.
Everyone who works in supermarkets and corner stores and other food shops.
Everyone who works in farming.
Everyone who works in the food and drink production industry.
Everyone who works in warehousing food and drink.
Everyone who works delivering food and drink to shops.
Everyone who works in making essential non-food items, like toilet paper, hand sanitiser, soap, bleach, cleaning products, etc., including production, admin, warehousing, delivery.
A lot of the people who work in the newspaper business.
Everyone who works in the business of keeping mobile phone signals working.
Everyone who works in the production of mobile phones, including the designers, the factory workers, the admin staff, the warehouse workers, the delivery men.
Everyone who works in the production of webcams, including the designers, the factory workers, the admin staff, the warehouse workers, the delivery men.
Everyone who works in the postal services.
A lot of people who work in insurance (it’s a busy time for them, and they can’t all work from home).
Everyone who works at places like Amazon warehouses, and all the other online warehouses.
All the enormous number of delivery drivers.
Train drivers and train workers.
The people who make sure the roads are running.
RAC, AA, Green Flag people rescuing stranded cars.
People who work at garages/petrol stations.
Petrol tanker drivers.
Everyone who works at the oil refineries, and the drilling rigs.
Computer systems people keeping important computer systems going.
People working in banking (some could work from home, but a lot can’t).
The people who fill up the cash machines.
The people who fix power outages (plenty of that around my way recently).
The people who fix the water when the pipes burst (also plenty of that around my way recently).
Rubbish men, and the workers at the depots they take the rubbish to.
A lot of council workers (although I bet many will stay at home, which will be for the best.)
A lot of call centre workers who need to be there in the office to be on the system.
The teachers who are still teaching.
The daycare workers whom are looking after the kids of all these people.
The people who work in old age care homes.
Everyone who keeps the TV and radio stations going.
Repairmen and women, who must continue making urgent repairs.
Sewage workers who make sure the sewers keep working, because if they stop working then you’ll really know what disease is (thanks to Jim for this one).
And so on, and so on. I’m sure you can add many more. We’re talking millions of people who have to keep going into work, and who can’t just ‘work from home’, or take an unscheduled holiday. Probably at least a third of the workforce, maybe half. Most of the working-class, who it turns out, are far more valuable to society than all the gender officers and climate scientists and Feng Shui consultants.
You can’t just shut down all this, and expect to have water coming out of the taps, food on your plates, your mobiles and webcams working, and have your sick parents looked after. If you think no-one should be going to work except a couple of policemen then you know nothing about how the real world works.