I'll come clean - I'm not in the best of moods at the moment... well let's face it, WHO is? This whole situation with restrictions and people with different opinions /solutions/knee jerk reactions and down right hostility is getting me down. Well more cross about it than down I suppose but given the impending "dark gloomy nights" and short days it's only a matter of time before I'm feeling blue.
The thing is, I love boating, and moving around the network - I love chatting with folks and having guests on board. Winter is miserable enough after a GOOD summer of guests ... I'd hoped for a good season (I'd been pretty much fully booked at the start of the season ) - well PRE the covid situation. SO many folks couldn't come (the overseas totally cancelled and even when we were allowed to operate under the '1 metre plus' guise, quite a few didn't want to take the risk... which I totally understand.
Others were "trapped" in places like Wales and Scotland with their
power crazed dictators cautious leaders locking them up like criminals To summarize, from a potential "earning year" of 30 weeks, we only were able to "do" 7 and a half... the majority of which were solo travelers... in short, I'm heading into winter with even less than bugger all and STILL have divorce loans to some how repay. NOW OK ... I'm not destitute as despite NOT being GIVEN any grants or self employed income support (you'll recall I didn't qualify as due to this being a new business, I didn't have 3 years profitable tax returns to submit) I WAS able to borrow 25 percent of my turnover on the basis of a 'bounce back loan' - which of course will need to be repaid. I can survive and will try and offer some out of season day trips again as soon as tier 2/3 restrictions permit 2 households being under one roof again...
THIS whole "tier" thing is a load of bollocks, designed to let the government off the hook from having to try and 'pay' people not to work whilst at the same time, effectively passing the buck to businesses/self employed folks.
THING is, I GET it. Boris and Co - (and by Co I suppose I mean the country) can't afford to have a total lock down again... and anyway it DIDN'T work last time did it? - all these folks spouting off about a ruddy circuit breaker being required (and Wales / Northern Ireland and Scotland most probably - I've lost track a bit) don't seem to GET it.... it's all spin an being SEEN to be trying to do something .... when in reality there is bugger all they CAN do. I believe the term is LIP SERVICE. Boris needs to grow a pair of balls and actually state that we can't afford to hide away forever... RATHER than allocating funds to provide (lip service ) support, to the offending areas, how about channeling all that money into MORE field hospitals to provide covid care - let it burn it's way through and let the people who WANT to hide - or rather CAN afford to hide on their pensions and HAVE all the supermarket delivery slots etc. DO SO.
I'm really getting sick of the young folks being demonized for just trying to get on with things - I saw a lovely clip the other day of an 83 year old woman saying she's not got much time left and she'll be dammed if she's gonna hide away so she'll take her chances - very stoic but more importantly NOT selfish... she went on to say it's all well and good her friends berating the youth for putting "her" in danger but they will be ones who (if they are lucky enough to be employed in whatever economic world is left) will be paying for this for years after she is dead anyway.
Sobering but true.
Don't get me wrong - I AM complying with the guidance... I AM wearing a ruddy mask when in shops like I'm supposed to but it really is a load of cobblers having to wear a mask to get from a pub door to a table - then take it off once I'm sitting down. It makes NO sense... NOR does the "children being except" rubbish - everyone knows they are full of germs at the best of times... it's all gotten so silly it'd be funny if society hadn't been brainwashed. THE REALITY of a SAFE mask is this - what is now having to be worn all day in operating theatres