The travel bans and quarantine hotels are this new philosophy’s first, most shocking manifestation. For the first time since the mid-Forties, governments are preventing citizens from leaving their countries, via hard borders.
What a difference a change of President makes. No, I’m not talking the US where sometime between now and Jo Biden’s inauguration day, Donald Trump will finally be prised like a limpet from a rock out of the White House.
I now have the Bob Dylan Xmas album playing and I can confirm that no-one has ever wrecked ‘Little Drummer Boy’ quite so magnificently.
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world he walked into his own. Here’s your chance to win a bottle of gin of your choice while applauding distil-it-yourself in-gin-uity.
Down below in the churning waters, some hardy souls take their daily swim, while by the cross-harbour ferry terminal to North Point an early morning Tai Chi class and an elderly couple line-fishing from a rickety boat add to the timeless eastern calm.
We can blame politicians all we like for their lack of direction (Boris Johnson) or their crass misdirection (Trump) but it is we the people, to quote the opening words to the US constitution, who must ultimately take the blame.
As autumn bathes the northern hemisphere in golden leaves and spring brings rebirth to the south, a pitch-black shadow that has hung over the whole world throughout all seasons may soon be lifting.
We should stop talking about when travel retail as an industry or sector will recover but break it out country by country, or more accurately country to country.
Roll on ten years and my business is fighting, like so many others, for its life, but I am in rollicking good health. I know which scenario I prefer.
We think we have created something ground-breaking not just in travel retail terms but within the whole digital world.
Kia kaha indeed. In these dark COVID-blighted days, it seems as apposite a phrase as it was back in the dark moments of 2010 and 2011.
It is now reasonable to expect that better days lie ahead, not on some distant and perhaps mirage-like horizon but in the relative near term.
Perhaps the oven analogy will strike home for Boris. After all, most of his government’s response to this crisis to date has been half-baked.