Life or Livelihood

The pandemic engenders two kinds of responses, which are usually separate, tho it is possible to bring them together: the response to the health crisis, and the reaction to the economic disaster. In a convenient phrase: life or livelihood.

The PM’s speech today, 30 March, attempted to be presidential (in a good sense – showing leadership with inspiration) as well as indicating good economic management, but it wasn’t well written, the tone was uneven, and there were mistakes of various kinds. It soon descended into hair-splitting financial details.

Tho I think the country generally is doing pretty well on the ‘life’ front, it’s clear – as it always has been – that the PM is still more of a Treasurer than a President. More a manager than a leader.