Scintillatingly Rev and non-female Philip North, Bishop of Burnley and not Bishop of Sheffield

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, it’s nearly the feast of the temporary sacrifice of the temporarily visible third of the Invisible Magic Friend to the other bits of the Invisible Magic Friend, to save us from the inherited effects of the primordial talking snake incident, for which the Invisible Magic Friend had condemned us all. Which is exactly like the virus.

How Badly its’ Being Handled

I wanted to get a better idea of how the virus epidemic was being handled in the UK. Here’s a comparison of the daily number of deaths since 10 or more were first recorded. So it shows the epidemic at roughly the same stage in each country.

The scale on the left is logarithmic, so the UK and Italy are actually doing much, much worse than China at the same stage. However, if you take account of the different populations of the three countries, then things are even worse. The following graphs show the number of deaths per 10,000,000 people, this time the scale is absolute rather than logarithmic.

The graphs for Spain, France and the USA are all similar to the UK and Italy. If western governments had taken the virus seriously at the early stages, performed testing, contact tracing and local lockdowns, there’s no reason why they couldn’t have had the same results as the Chinese authorities. Unlike China, they had plenty of warning of what lay ahead. There’s simply no excuse for this level of incompetence by western governments. Hundreds of thousands of people will die prematurely as a result.

When all of this is over, I hope those responsible will be held to account. Although somehow, I doubt that they will.

Dim Stanley, blogger, journalist, historian and Catholic

Being the shy, retiring, introverted radio broadcaster that I am, I can appreciate self isolation. Despite this, I’ve been busy volunteering. Shhhh, that’s just a little secret between you and me.

Monks like Saint Cuthbert, are praying furiously to make the virus, that has nothing to do with the Invisible Magic Friend, go away. Which just goes to show how incredibly useful monks are.