“Every phase of the crisis is characterized by the idea that Britain is a special case,” Mr. Sanghera writes.
It to be especially, and sometimes for the best reasons. When vaccines launched in the United States, millions of people hunted them down online. In the UK, vaccines have chased you. One day, a message shows up on your phone, from the National Health Service, asking what date and vaccination center is convenient. The whole process is easier than buying an iPad online.
But Britain is often exceptional in the worst way. As for pandemics, it has the highest death rate in Europe. In March 2020, when Mr Johnson contracted Covid after apparently defying recommended precautions, The Irish Times described Mr Johnson’s leadership as “another example of foreignism”. Britain’s rule is counterproductive in a big way, some might say, and is a bad omen for Brexit, the UK’s socially distant project. ”
The UK’s efforts to prevent deaths from Covid-19 have so far been more successful than that of the US, on a per capita basis, but lags behind most of Europe. In Germany, there have been 141 deaths per 100,000 people, in Spain 197. In the UK, the death rate per capita is 240.
Not the worst, and farthest the best. Historian and podcaster Dan Snow argues this shows up in the UK’s belief in the power of vaccines, in part tied to Britain’s love for – and aptitude for creation. out – life changing technology.
“Vaccines are an optimistic technology,” he said. “Like the United States, we are a nation open to transformative technology, and that makes sense because this is where the industrial revolution began. We started by messing around with looms and textiles and ended up having a man on the moon.”
The belief in the power of the British mind to get the country out of all its mess is a variation on the exception theme. In other words, English is different. It is crazy to expect them to follow the same path as the rest of Europe.
Or as Mr. Snow put it, “The boring social democratic solution is ‘Let’s slow down the transmission, sit apart, don’t do whatever we want’ – to the British ear, it’s all They all sound a bit Dutch.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/29/business/england-covid-rules.html Britannia, with fewer rules – The New York Times