Shuttered businesses, kids ordered to stay away from school, operations cancelled, job centres closed, public transport services wiped out, eco fear porn exploding across the BBC and government officials casually warning ‘thousands will die’.
Not Armageddon; not even a relatively mild virus this time.
Nope, the UK is grinding to a halt, with the tacit permission of those in power, because of two-days of temperatures many parts of the world must deal with on a weekly basis.
Now I dislike the extreme heat as much as the next big guy, especially given the reluctance from British businesses, workplaces, taxi drivers and eco zealot officials to embrace air conditioning, a standard luxury in much of the western world.
But what I hate even more is the health establishment determined to baby and terrify us thanks to their unhealthy obsession with power and control.
‘For the vast majority of us, this IS a lovely hot day,’ Dan Wootton writes. Pictured: Brits enjoying the sunny weather this afternoon at Charlton Lido in south east London
Festishising fear is now the norm – brilliant for TV ratings but appalling for a nation seemingly so ready to retreat into our homes and leave the hard work to others.
One of the worst offenders has been Tracy Nicholls, chief executive of the College of Paramedics, who warned yesterday: ‘This isn’t like a lovely hot day where we can put on a bit of sunscreen, go out and enjoy a swim and a meal outside. This is serious heat that could actually, ultimately, end in people’s deaths because it is so ferocious. We’re just not set up for that sort of heat in this country.’
More from Dan Wootton for MailOnline…
- DAN WOOTTON: No wonder we’re turning off the woke BBC in our droves when they’re using our brilliant football Lionesses to stoke racial divisions, while their own Gary Lineker-topped First XI rich list remains exclusively white 14/07/22
- DAN WOOTTON: After spending months backstabbing Boris when he was meant to be saving us from economic catastrophe, it’s impossible to ever trust Fishy Rishi Sunak again. That’s why he’s going to lose, despite what the blinkered BBC says 12/07/22
- DAN WOOTTON: The Tory party will come to regret knifing Boris – the only man who could ever have delivered Brexit, defeated socialism and smashed Labour’s Red Wall. The BBC, political establishment and remoaner blob have now won 07/07/22
- DAN WOOTTON: No matter how middle-class and privileged the champagne socialists of Just Stop Oil might appear, they are eco-terrorist criminals who are threatening the lives of ordinary Brits and must be locked up 05/07/22
- DAN WOOTTON: I never doubted it would happen but, beware, Meghan is kicking off her delusional bid to end up in the White House early. That’s why Buckingham Palace must release probe into her alleged bullying of staff 30/06/22
- DAN WOOTTON: As a royalist I hate to say it, but I’m beginning to doubt that Prince Charles has the capacity to become King Charles III without threatening the future of the British monarchy 27/06/22
- DAN WOOTTON: From cocaine smears to Hannibal Lecter depictions, Boris Johnson never stood a chance thanks to the biased BBC and a political establishment determined to politically assassinate the Prime Minister who delivered Brexit 07/06/22
- DAN WOOTTON: The glorious Jubilee has shown the gulf between the Sussexes and the royals is larger than ever, leaving Harry and Meghan bigger pariahs than Prince Andrew among their relatives – but they now need the monarchy more than it needs them 06/06/22
- DAN WOOTTON: Swimmer Lia Thomas has a right to live however she chooses but, I’m sorry, she cannot and must not compete against females at the Olympics with the body of a bloke. Women’s sport is now at threat from trans extremism 01/06/22
- VIEW FULL ARCHIVE
What utter irresponsible alarmism.
For the vast majority of us, this IS a lovely hot day where we can put on a bit of sunscreen, go out and enjoy a swim and a meal outside just like we do while on a European summer holiday with absolutely no consequences to our health – and certainly without dropping dead.
There’s also the Met Office insisting that ‘in general’ it would be better to stay indoors, somewhat overstepping their traditional job of providing the temperature and weather conditions then letting us decide how to live.
So what I felt was needed was a bit of Churchill-like swashbuckling motivation from our Conservative political leaders to encourage the great British working spirit in the 99 per cent of us able to cope with the heat to keep the country open.
Instead, I got Cabinet minister Kit Malthouse sent out to suggest this week ‘may be a moment to work from home’.
There we have it: Stay at Home!
Of course! I knew it!
I mean, it’s the answer to every sort of minor crisis these days.
When the hell are we going to grow up and learn? It’s staying at home that has damned us to our current predicament of a cost-of-living crisis, soaring taxes and millions who don’t fancy getting a job.
Sunseekers on Bournemouth Beach today. The Met Office has said ‘in general’ it would be ‘better to stay indoors’
Think about the consequences to the genuinely vulnerable of that advice in the midst of record temperatures, too.
If we were all to stay indoors, then who is available to protect those in need – to deliver their food, to care for them at the doctor’s surgery, to clean their homes and make sure they’re coping?
Just like with Covid, we’ve got the balance all wrong.
The young and the healthy should go about their business as usual, albeit being hot and sweaty, while focussing on protecting the old and vulnerable at genuine risk.
Instead, parents fuss around their lazy teenagers who moan it’s too hot to go to school.
Woke bosses accept lame excuses from staff members who can’t be bothered to come into the air conditioned office but are more than happy to ‘work’ from the park or the beach.
And the broadcast media trumpets increasingly extreme eco-proposals from activists, which would bankrupt Britain overnight, without the slightest hint at pushback.
Like the grim-faced Sly News reporter who allowed Chloe Brimicombe – a heatwave PhD researcher just out of nappies – to insist working hours must be cut and air conditioning legislated against if we’re to survive the summer, without the slightest hint of a challenge.
As outraged NHS GP Renee Hoenderkamp tweeted about TV’s irresponsible rolling coverage: ‘I don’t watch TV normally but in hospital today and turned on BBC News and what a mistake. It is wall to wall weather hysteria – correspondents all over the place in parks and even Battersea Dogs home advising on paddling pools for dogs. We have officially gone mad!’
A grass fire in Newgale, Pembrokeshire. There were several similar blazes across the country today
The Beeb keeps banging on about how this is the first time a red heat warning has been issued for parts of the UK, while failing to mention the warning system was only introduced last year.
They also neglect to remind us of the 1976 summer heatwave when London experienced 16 consecutive days of temperatures over 30 degrees.
I’m also fed up with every minor public official thinking it’s their duty to take me back to primary school and insist I drink lots of water, use sunscreen and avoid all sunshine.
They also tend to suggest we should speak to our GPs if we have any concerns. Ha! Fat chance of that. Do they not understand the lockdowns killed off visits to the local doctor’s surgery at short notice in the UK, seemingly forever more?
Of course, the same bright sparks in charge of our response to this heatwave also banned fans in care homes and for nurses in hospitals, while encouraging folk to wear face nappies outdoors in the middle of summer, so forgive me for having little faith in any of their advice.
All this heatwave has convinced me of is that British authorities are currently devoid of the concept of personal responsibility and empowerment, something that has to return and fast.
The government must start to understand if people are continually told to stay at home at the slightest hint of a challenge, even if that challenge is a 40-degree day, then our work ethic and ability to run the country efficiently will be stamped out for a generation.
Read more at DailyMail.co.uk