CoronaCapitalism

Playing with the lights

UK Power Networks, which provides electricity to the southeast and east of England, including London,has warned customers to prepare for blackouts, claiming that the #lockdown measures imposed over the #coronavirus have left the company short-staffed.
Now, with industrial energy use being drastically reduced during the lockdowns, even with increased home consumption, it is unlikely that there is any genuine inability to provide power.
So why is this happening? My first reaction was that it represented a kind of psychological tactic to habituate UK citizens to a kind of deprivation, which would then lower their quality of life expectations. In other words; like in a prison when inmates are deprived of various privileges, they become more docile and grateful when some of those privileges are restored, and are less hostile. This could be a strategy for managing the population during lockdown.
But then I discovered something interesting about UK Power Networks; it is 60% Chinese-owned. In fact, 24% of Britain’s electricity sector is Chinese-owned. So it is conceivable that the threat of blackouts may be some sort of power play (no pun intended).
Just a day before UK Power Networks’ customers were threatened with blackouts, it was reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “furious” with China, accusing the state of lying about the number of #coronavirus cases in the country, and hinting that he may scrap a major deal with Huawei to oversee a new 5G network in the UK — a deal the United States opposed from the beginning.
Is China using its ability to shut off the lights in London as leverage against the government?

The dangerous act of walking outside

Look at how far they have pushed us in an incredibly short period of time, through irrational fear; to the point that it is a dangerous act of protest to simply walk outside.

Well, that is what is going to happen eventually if governments continue to impose “medical martial law”; banning protest, banning expression, banning freedom of assembly , all in one fell swoop. There will inevitably be a civil disobedience “walkout movement” in which people just….go outside.

Yes, ok, you can say such an act would be selfish; say that it is fine if these people don’t mind risking being infected by #coronavirus, but they have no right to put others in danger of having the virus transmitted to them. OK, simple solution: If you are afraid of infection, if you are from a vulnerable group…stay home, and let the rest of the population claim their freedom and basic rights.

Why don’t we just voluntarily divide ourselves between “Outsiders” and “Insiders”?

If the government is concerned about hospital capacity, then maybe use the apparently billions of dollars they have lying around to improve the healthcare sector, build or buy ventilators, etc; you know, actually spend money to care for people instead of acting like putting the population under house arrest is a solution in the 21st Century. If they had not put whole countries under lockdown, they would not have to dole out relief money to companies and workers (not that workers are going to receive any meaningful support).

But, that approach would not enable the massive transfer of public funds to the private sector, and it would not habituate the population to severe repression.