A Complete Over-Reaction

The grounding of all UK commercial flights as a consequence of the Icelandic fug had a symbolic symmetry with the collapse of their financial system. The “elf ‘n’ safety” Gestapo was in its element further engulfing the country with the sort of paranoia for which it has become infamous over the past decade. Our society is now so risk-averse that the headless chickens in charge react to any incident with blind panic causing the maximum possible inconvenience. Volcanic ash can clog jet engines but it hardly justifies shutting down the whole of Southern England when the dust cloud was still north of Shetland. Looking at the problem as a professional scientist, I refuse to believe that there was no alternative other than complete lockdown.

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