The omniscient who make up the Welsh government find themselves having to shout ever louder that they really do know best. To the point that the population finds itself foam flecked with the sputum of their volume and sincerity.
The issue is this idea that the Welsh may only buy “essentials” during this two weeks lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The problem on the surface being that what said government defined a non-essential others thought might be quite essential, thank you. Male voice choirs deciding that tampons aren’t essential is even a funny joke, at least until they get home.
So, after meditation and mediation that list of what is essential has changed:
From now on, ministers say the following products can be sold:
Food and drink
Products ancillary to the sale of food and drink, primarily disposable items used for the preparation and storage of food (such as kitchen foil, food bags and cling film) but also basic products necessary to prepare and eat food and drink
Products for washing clothes and for cleaning and maintaining the home, including batteries, light bulbs and fuel
Toiletries and cosmetic products, including toilet rolls and sanitary products
Baby products including equipment, clothes and nappies
Newspapers and magazines
Stationery and greetings cards
Pet food and other pet supplies
Products for the maintenance of bicycles and cars
Note that a Bible, as a book, may not be sold. But Razzle – if it still exists – may be. You can’t go buy a coffin either which might be a useful purchase in the middle of a pandemic.
The actual mistake being is this spittle flecked insistence:
However, we cannot move away from the central principle that retailers must restrict the sale of non-essential goods for the duration of the firebreak.
The accurate translation of which is “We know better than thou, Boyo.” The truth being that no, they don’t. As is proven by the manner in which they cocked up the first time around. As is proven at a deeper level by the basic economic truism that utility is always defined personally. What is useful, desirable, valuable, essential, for me is not so, necessarily, for you. That is, the central bureaucracy simply cannot define what is essential because they don;t know the utility functions of each individual in the country.
Their claim, their insistence, it’s impossible that it’s true.