At the end of last week I received my first Christmas present. It was sent by my wife’s sister and her husband who say our Post Office will be working a four day week at that time and will be under considerable strain. It reminded me of friends in the United States who don’t know if they’ll even have a Post Office at that time. I’m afraid I don’t understand the wanton destruction of the very fabric of society by the current regime unless it’s to privatise the Postal Services for personal profit.
It strikes me that there are more and more repressive regimes in the World at a time when the world should be more free with so much cooperation between the various states. Are free and fair elections to be a thing of the past as more dictators spring into being?
This week brings news of a different sort. The Boroughs of Conwy, Denbighshire and my own Flintshire are under lockdown again which comprises a goodly chunk of North Wales. I shouldn’t use the word Draconian where health issues are concerned but this seems to be worse than last time. Up to £1000 fine for unnecessary travel which means my brother is unable to visit at the weekends. Apart from the aspect of company for us both it means he can’t take me shopping for the bulk of my food and to a lesser extent we can’t enjoy the pleasure of having lunch out. It also means that despite my beautiful daughter (and son in law) living about 15 miles away over the border in England will not be able to travel to see me and therefore will also be unable to do my shopping for me as they so often (kindly) do. Yes, people will point out that I can have certain of the big shopping stores make home deliveries but events in the past indicate that I may not be sure of the end dates of goods brought and how mid boggling some substitutes can be. After recent health scares I have to be very careful with diet.
Anyway, I have now made a start on my Christmas shopping in case our Post Office can’t cope with the pressure at that time. My relatives near and far can now expect parcels well in advance of the time so they have presents to open on Christmas morning and Santa can do a smaller route and dodge the swingeing fines for unnecessary travel if he gets caught crossing our borders. I can only hope that this killer virus is in retreat by then and the world has a vaccine made freely available by all our Governments. You can’t decide who lives and dies according to how much money they have.
I wish Joy of the season to one and all.