Disgruntled Londoners protested in Hyde Park Saturday to voice their outrage over the continued lockdown practices. The lockdown predominantly consists of some business closure, but continued social distancing.
A leading voice in the crowd was none other than than activist Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Corbyn announced to the demonstrators how the information about the pandemic is a “pack of lies”. He continued to say that measures were taken to “brainwash you and keep you in order”.
What *were* the chances that ardent Brexiter, no deal advocate, climate change denier and all round conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn would also think that 5G and the coronavirus pandemic were linked – a ‘pack of lies to brainwash you and keep you in order’ pic.twitter.com/PcZDxFbuBa
— Otto English (@Otto_English) May 16, 2020
Pandemic causes more concerns
BBC Question Time on Thursdays featured Steven Barclay MP and RMT General Secretary Mick Cash. However, what really took the attention of the show was former Pizza Hut chairman, Luke Johnson. When asked for his opinion, Mr Johnson expressed his deep concern for the real economy.
”We are already in the largest recession for 300 years, in fact it’s not just one recession. The Bank fr England have said the economy’s will shrink by 14%, that’s the equivalent of 2 recessions… it’s a depression.”
Read: Germany’s economy goes into recession as lockdown measures inflict pain
”…I wouldn’t be surprised if we have 2 million more unemployed people within a year.”
“Very soon I believe lockdown will be causing more deaths than the virus”@LukeJohnsonRCP says deaths that come from mass unemployment will be the ‘collateral damage’ of lockdown. #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/lNfjnUOtnd
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) May 14, 2020
Although, we would rather the show focus on dealing with a ‘Coronavirus environment’, the point Mr Johnson made should not be overlooked. Luke Johnson indicated that the future for the UK economy is scarier than the virus.
The fact of the matter is, social and consumer behaviours are totally altered. With social distancing in place, we will see less intake of customers for restaurants and cafes for quite some time. Think about businesses that thrive off social gatherings like recreational centres, shopping malls and nightclubs for instance. If anything is certain, we are entering an uncertain economic environment.
In this Nightcap, I want to shed light on the classic Negroni. Such a simple yet respected cocktail originating from Italy, combining Gin, Campari, and Red Vermouth (1 shot each). Stir the ingredients over ice, and garnish with an orange slice.