There is debate going on at the moment between those who want to
get rid of any Covid 19 restrictions as soon as possible, and those
who support a more cautious approach to ensure we never have to
go into another lockdown.
But if you look at the arguments taking place, you will see what is
discussed, and what isn’t. We hear a lot about hospitality, and
whether or not pubs and cafes should be allowed to re-open.
Similarly, football is leading the discussions as to when fans can be
permitted to return to stadia once more.
Now I’ve sympathy for those trying to earn a living, particularly the
owners of small cafes who are less likely to have the reserves to
survive, unlike the McDonald’s and Wetherspoon’s of this world. It’s
the same with our national winter sport. Grimsby Town FC needs the
money from gate receipts far more than the likes of Man City with
their multi-millions from TV and sponsorship deals. After all they can
halve their players’ salaries and still see them earning more in a week
than the Prime Minister gets in a year!
Yet all such outlets are united in being commercial, depending on
trade in order to prosper. What though of the voluntary sector? I
would love to see community halls open for business, with their
activities such as Bingo and coffee mornings. Many a lonely person
relies on these facilities, which they’ve been denied thanks to Covid
19 restrictions.
And though library staff are paid, the service they provide is equally
non-money making. Thankfully they are permitted to run a click and
collect service, which they do very well.
But when will they be allowed to be fully re-open as they used to?
Again, like with voluntary-run halls, any post-Covid debate seems to
forget they exist.

So once again we can see where the Tories’ priorities lie, and what
matters more to them most.
Tim Mickleburgh.
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