The Hypocrite

We’re all complicated creatures, capable of many things, good and bad. Aren’t we? Once upon a time, I rescued two young teenage girls from the sea. The first was exhausting enough. The second? I remember standing on the beach, looking back out at sea where girl number two awaited me. I wasn’t a hundred per cent convinced that if I went back in, that either of of us would ever get back to shore. I looked about to see if anyone else could do it. Nope. So I went back in the sea. It’s my sole tale of genuine heroism. And it worked out ok.

On every flight I’ve ever taken, I look for the best exit, just in case. I’m not a terribly fearful flyer. But I am the sort of person that likes to be one step ahead. So where is the best exit? It’s not always the nearest. There’s a reasonable chance that you will have to compete with others in an emergency. The best exit is the one with people that are most easily trampled between you and the door. The young, the elderly, the weak. I know. I am a horrible person. Absolutely horrible. I’m sorry.

There are multiple coronavirus vaccines about to become available. My genuine belief is that they should be administered according to need. The elderly, the vulnerable, the care workers should get priority. It’s important we do this right. It’s no good having the vaccination allocated according to wealth. That won’t even necessarily enable governments to reduce the restrictions. If this were put to a referendum, I’d vote for need over wealth.

On the flip side, if a coronavirus vaccine becomes available privately in the UK at a reasonable price, then I’ll likely pay up. I know. I’m a hypocrite. There, I’ve said it. So I’m at least an honest hypocrite. Et tu? What’s your favoured brand of hypocrisy?

Today’s view is from the business end of Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth.

#coronavirus #hypocrisy #covid19 


9 thoughts on “The Hypocrite

  1. norm says:

    I always note the exits as well. As far as the other passengers, I note the ones who might be able, if need be, to help stop the sort who take over airplanes-it is not a jaunt to Cuba anymore.
    I was saved by a quick thinking fellow of 12 years when I was 5. We were swimming above a sandbar in the river when I wandered too far out into the current and was swept away. The 12 year old did not try to catch me in the water but ran down the river bank and got ahead of my path. At 12, he was tall enough and strong enough to keep his footing in the current. He plucked me out as I was floating by.

    As to the coming vaccine, money will be a factor, a big factor. They are in a tussle over the margins now and that’s just over the price of the raw dope. Transport and administration, pumping it in by some soul, will all be part of the price-here in the US, they have us where they want us in their for profit health regime. And yes, I’ll pay for many more than I’ll need for myself, gladly.


    • Everyone will be vaccinated ‘for free’ in the UK. Free meaning that it’ll be taken care of by taxpayer money, after its spent a few years as national debt. And it will obviously be rolled out according to need – I won’t need to vote in a referendum to make that happen.

      Chances are, the vaccine that will be rolled out in the UK (and probably most of the world) will mostly be the AstraZeneca shot with a bit of the Pfizer shot mixed in for good measure. But it is possible that the Pfizer and Moderna shots might become available privately in the UK. We’ll see.


  2. I think all of us would agree that self preservation is number one whether on a flight or walking down the street. You usually place yourself where you think you will be safest. It’s a calculated risk assessment, a kind of checklist or awareness Unless you are near the exit on a plane your departure will be held up by the girl with the two children under four wriggling and squealing while gathering her bag from the overhead locker. All you can do is grin and bear it as you shuffle to the exit. Likewise in a mayday situation!
    It is amazing that they have assembled an assortment of treatments so quickly and we will get the jab when it comes on line and hopefully it will give us the needed protection to survive it. They haven’t really discussed how they will distribute it over here yet or most importantly when they will start the process but have told us that we will get it “free” when it’s available.
    I believe that you have different classes all ready in your health system. Will you as an essential worker bee be at the top of the list or are there other levels?


    • I’m still awaiting my interview for the train drivers job. But I have worked my heightened sense of self preservation into the forefront of my spiel. In a safety conscious industry, where the driver will be the first to die in an accident, its a good thing to hire people who want to survive enough that they pay attention.

      We’ve had nothing properly official, but it’s been made pretty clear that the vaccine will be rolled out to health workers and the over 85s first. Then it’ll cascade down the age groups.

      It’s possible that the railway will take responsibility for vaccinating my industry. They already organise the flu shots for us.

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  4. First things first. I thought I had amended your place on my blog roll. If I did, it has not taken. Thus my unaccustomed silence. It is fixed now.

    I am not a person who plans out much in life. But I do have a favorite seat on flights. If it is not available, I often choose not to fly on that bird. (Call me “anal” if you like because I will know that is just a nice word for what you are thinking.) And, yes, my seat of choice is about as close to the exit as a seat can be. I would take the flight attendant’s jump seat if I could.

    As for heroics, I once saved my cousin’s five-year old son from drowning. He went on to be part of a white supremacist gang who kicked in the head of an Ethiopian in Portland. You may have read about it. There may be a lesson of regret buried there, but I do not. A life saved is a life saved.


    • Your comments had been missed. Glad to see you back. And let’s be honest, if I’d just quit shuffling my blog around like some desert nomad…

      Anyway, Steve I do not begrudge you your choice of seats on airlines. Were I able to, I’d be just as picky. Maybe one day my numbers will come in…

      I hadn’t read the article. But you’ve given enough detail for what I would assume was a successful search on the net. My assumption being that this was an 80s era incident. That was a tragic tale. But your part in it was obviously blameless.

      Generally speaking, if I can help and my immediate personal risk assessment suggests that helping out will likely neither kill or maim me, then I’ll do my best. Of course, on board a flight, my risk assessments usually require me to get to the door asap….


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