The signs were there. Been there for decades, in many cases. In plain sight. I just didn’t notice them, or maybe I didn’t care, or… just maybe… my faith in human goodness, despite a solid Christian upbringing, had misled me to believe that people couldn’t possibly be that stupid. Not even Englishmen.
The signs like this one.
Fearful London: Falls Soar as People Scared of Catching Covid from Handrails
By Victoria Friedman, 20 September 2021
Okay, okay, I walk back that dig on Englishmen. We’re talking about London which has long gone the way of Rhodesia: overrun by savages so mindless that these safety warnings could have been useful had they included pictures.
Escalator falls at tube stations have increased because Britons are frightened of catching coronavirus if they hold onto the handrails, a London Underground official has said.
Managing Director of London Underground Andy Lord told a Transport for London (TfL) safety panel said the underground railway’s biggest risk of harm is: “falls on escalators caused by people who don’t hold the handrail. There is an issue with the perception that the handrail is not clean because of the pandemic.”
This is what happens with hysteria: people lose the ability to weigh one risk against another. “I might die if I stabilize myself! *slip* *snap* owww… oh God, oh God… please tell me that’s not Covid I feel….”
Mr Lord also said that the second most significant factor to blame for the injuries was drunkenness, saying in comments reported by The Telegraph on Thursday: “The other bigger issue is actually intoxication. We have seen a significant spike as the various stages of lockdown have been reduced, with particular spikes initially on Thursday and Friday evenings and then weekends.”
Don’t blame the pubs reopening. Government bans fun and oxygen along with friends and exercise, and what are men supposed to do to blow off steam?
The reluctance to touch handrails comes despite an Imperial College London study finding in February no traces of the Chinese virus in air samples or on shared surfaces on several of London’s trains, buses, Tube stations, or bus depots that researchers had tested.
Londoners’ fear of catching the virus appears to be part of a wider culture of fear that has gripped the nation. A poll from July, taken less than two weeks before the end of the majority of restrictions, found that a combined 79 per cent of Britons felt some level of nervousness over the end of lockdown. More than one-in-five (21 per cent) said they felt “very nervous”, 34 per cent “fairly nervous”, and 24 per cent “not very nervous”. Just 21 per cent said they did not feel nervous “at all”.
Take your victory lap, government! You’ve punished your loyal, trusting supporters far more effectively than we Purebloods ever could have. In fact, your fear-mongering is so effective that when we offer to help people unplug, we’re fighting back a grin at the antics that often follow their panicked refusal to rethink their new Normal.
What antics? Mostly passing out from a toxic combination of indignation, multiple face diapers and no cardio for two years. But we’ll happily add oopsies in the Tube to the list.
You Londoners have until 4chan discovers banana peels to stop participating with the Plandemic.
However, Britons were not always so fearful, with the heightened concern of catching coronavirus appearing to be by government design.
A March 13th, 2020, YouGov poll found that most people were not worried about Covid-19, and it was an attitude that had not escaped the attention of government advisors in the early months of the pandemic reaching Europe.
A paper entitled, “Options for increasing adherence to social distancing measures”, dated March 22nd, 2020, published by the government on May 5th was discussed at a meeting of the influential Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) meeting on March 23rd of that year.
Under a section entitled “Persuasion”, the advisors from SAGE’s behavioural science sub-group the Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) noted that “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened” by the Chinese virus.
SPI-B went on to advise: “The perceived level of personal threat needs to be increased among those who are complacent, using hard-hitting emotional messaging. To be effective this must also empower people by making clear the actions they can take to reduce the threat.”
Blood has been spilled. Self-spilled. While the dirty, swarthy unvaxxed point and laugh and use the fripping hand rail.