These are unprecedented times we are all living through right now, and everybody could be pointing fingers saying the Government should have acted faster, should have been more prepared, should have locked down sooner, and the Police should have said that they COULD enforce a lock down, rather than say they couldn’t (which might have stopped the THOUSANDS of Londoners flaunting the warnings yesterday as I drove my fiance to her cancer treatment yesterday!)
We could be pointing fingers, but I won’t… instead I’ll share some bureaucratic humour… We all know – well, those of us who have ever tried to get some kind of benefit or anything essential (like a passport, drivers license, etc.) – that civil servants and government/ council controlled/ public sector organizations are ridiculously archaic, inefficient, and in no rush to actually come up to speed with everybody else in a competitive, free-market economy, because they don’t have to, and can just tax us poor tax payers more to foot the bill of inefficiency! But I did have to laugh at this…
12.52 – I had already been waiting since noon
When I first was redirected to digidentity.eu and their ‘waiting room’ there were almost 13,000 people in the queue ahead of me. I had nothing better to do, so I just waited… and waited… and waited… After almost an hour, I decided to take my first screen shot and email the Sun, who had published a helpful article suggesting self-employed folk, like myself, could apply for Universal Credit while we patiently wait to see what the Government decides to do about helping us out financially.
I posted it up on Facebook to help other people potentially avoid the exceedingly long wait. At time of writing this, I’m still waiting, and predict it will be about 10pm tonight that I get to the front of the cue….
3.06 pm – I’m still waiting…
93,800+ are still ahead of me, and I take a gamble and get ready to drive my fiance for her daily radiography treatment at the hospital… I wonder how many selfish, mindless zombies we’ll pass out in the open spreading COV 19 this trip…? I shall write more on my return and probably post another screen shot… stay tuned…
4.53pm – back from dropping off at the hospital… 87,606 people still ahead of me!
Glad to report that there was a lot less traffic on the roads, and better yet a lot less people just idly wandering around, but I still don’t think people have truly grasped the severity of what we are going through. Three weeks of stringent isolation: if you DON’T HAVE TO go out, STAY HOME. The Olympics has been postponed, so have most sporting events, it won’t kill you not to go out running and cycling every day, but it probably WILL infect and KILL somebody else!
The message from the Government couldn’t be any clearer:
If people who think they are adult, but continue to act like children continue to act like children, the Government will be forced to impose even stricter regulations and legislation, AND prolong this lock down for even longer. Do you not understand???
We only go out for our urgent care hospital appointments, and once a week for essential groceries, that’s it, period. Three weeks is not a long time to stop being selfish for once in your lives, stay the f**k home, and help save people’s lives.
I’m still behind 85,436 people… don’t these numbers give you any indication of how serious this is? That will very soon be the global death toll, and it will keep climbing if you don’t do your bit and act right now!
I’ll keep you posted…
6.26pm – Only 67,587 People Ahead Of Me…!
Radiotherapy unit running on schedule, so back from the hospital pick-up early, but still waiting online… Are we ALL self-employed, or is this everyone that’s trying to claim…? If it keeps up like this, I’ll be at the front of the queue by midnight I’m sure. Well, there’s not much else to do but wait… then the next question will be, will we be entitled to anything, which is the really big and more important question?
If I get bored, I might post another update, but that’s it for now…! Stay safe, stay healthy, and STAY INDOORS…!
11.08pm – ten more minutes to go…!
Thankfully I found a part of the ‘waiting room’ where you could reserve your place via your email – whether this was added since I joined the queue, or I simply didn’t look before, I have no idea, but I decided to persevere, and will soon be at the front of the queue and see what steps I have to take next… Wish me luck…!
Anthony Donnelly is a British author, actor, and life coach, more recently known for his charity, children’s book series, “Charlie, the Migrating Snail”, which is available to buy on Amazon by clicking the book cover to the right.