A busy time, which is good from my personal perspective because there’s so much to do after the long, unending doldrums of lockdown. However, so much of the news is gloomy that I keep a template on my computer starting “As the coronavirus crisis deepens…” This might explain why my articles may appear rather repetitive. However, it saves time.

As the coronavirus crisis deepens it’s instructive to see how national governments react. Understandably, the Italians shrug their shoulders and tell us they have more important problems to worry about, notably dealing with the waves of migrants hitting their southern shores.

The French government took the sensible step of passing the buck to local administrations, but then stepped in to order Marseille to shut its bars and cafes, enraging the unruly locals.

In the UK, meanwhile, which mercifully soon will not be part of Europe, the increasingly unpopular government led by Dominic Cummings is floundering, and if it were a ship, foundering. A ship caught in a squall is at a considerable disadvantage if the rudder is out of action, and, unable to face the waves, will soon capsize.

In the meantime, as the coronavirus crisis deepens, civil unrest is gaining in strength in Britain and will soon become very popular unrest as disparate groups take to the empty streets to shout what is mainly angry conspiracy theory nonsense and then leave a huge trail of litter behind them when hit on the head and forced back by the police who deal ‘robustly’ with the demonstrators.

There is a crisis of governance all over Europe, and a common thread is the unfortunate tendency of those in authority to not only hold on to power at all costs – as is happening in Belarus – but to constantly search for new ways to do it.

What better ruses to keep the populace in check than lockdown and quarantine?

For we have now reached the stage when a sledge-hammer is being used to crack a nut. Look at the figures. A total of 7,071 new deaths in France on September 6 has resulted in 39 new deaths on September 27, allowing three weeks for diagnosis and terminal decline of the most-affected. This translates into a death rate of 0.55 percent. In the UK, where, by the way, the obesity rate is 300 percent higher, 2,988 new cases on September 6 have resulted in 34 new deaths, or a fatality rate over three weeks of 1.14 percent.

I will be filling in my form and flying to the UK on Wednesday. The minute my 14-day quarantine is over I shall be seeking out the nearest demo, where, wearing a cycling helmet with a well-used and pealing Q-Anon sticker, I shall shout as loud as I can, knowing the words hardly matter: “As the coronavirus crisis deepens…”

Jeff Daniels

PHOTO: A woman intervenes as a demonstrator bleeds in a confrontation with police in London on Saturday Sky News