Fresh trout from the Kunhar River, Kagan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
Issue No. 5 - June 2021
A few weeks ago I wrote to you asking if there was an appetite for the 'GRUMP' to continue.
"There was a wailing and gnashing of teeth" at the very thought it might be discontinued, and for that I thank the many of you that responded. However, there were also many replies that suggested, in essence, that it was time to call it a day. People are fed up with Covid-19, American politics (and elsewhere) and don't want to be reminded of it any more than they have to be. The 'Coronagrump' (18 issues) and the 'Grump' (6, issues, including 'Grump Live!') have had a good run but it is time to move on.
I have to say that I agree with them and so this will be the last 'Grump' as you know it.
Of course, there's still plenty to be grumpy about and there always will be, so there's every chance that before too long, this blog will be resurrected in some other banal format for your pleasure and entertainment. In the meantime, let the swansong begin...
The thing that has struck me most about the last 18 months has been the lamentable lack of any kind of quality leadership around the world. This, of course, is not a new rant. As if we had become numbed to its absence, however, the global community f leaders are championing their combined ineptitude once more.
I am referring to the incomprehensible issue of travel and the relevance of vaccination certification...in ANY format. Now as an international traveller, often going to parts of the world where a number of unpleasant diseases abound, I carry with me a vaccination document that covers, among other things, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Influenza, and a few others - this is it and I keep it up to date as required.
(ironically, you'll notice that this was
issued in Hong Kong, aka China!)
Now I have been thoroughly AstraZenecaed and can prove it with a Certificate. I am a UK Citizen and can prove that too. I currently live in Pakistan, where the incidence of Covid-19 has been significantly less than most countries around the world, especially the UK, and I can prove that as well. Yet were I able to get a flight to take me to the UK, which in itself would be a major challenge, I will have to quarantine in an assigned hotel for 10 days and take three Covid tests, all at my own expense. And the same is true to a greater or lesser extent in most of Europe, the Middle East, etc. Our leaders just can't seem to work this out and it is pathetic! Why can't they simply accept a stamp in my Vaccination Card or passport, or if they want to be clever and high tech, allow a simple certification app on a smart phone. Whatever they do, I just wish they'd get on with it.
Being away from the UK, I am constantly mystified how it is that Boris Johnson is able to maintain such a high level of popularity. I suppose cancelling all anti-Covid rules on the 19th July will ensure his longevity in power, but don't forget, he put everyone in the UK in the brown stuff in the first place.
By the way, for those of you in the know, is this really what happened to Hancock?
THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA
The people seem to have had enough of their leaders and in many countries, they are going after the crooks, and about time too. The rogues gallery below showcases a few...