Please, don’t follow your instincts

Chances are, you’ve often had friends or relatives give you advice by telling you to follow your instincts.

And then we had the Prime Minister today saying the behaviour of his closest aide is all okay, because he was following his instincts.

But please, don’t.

Don’t follow your instincts to want to meet up with a group of friends.

Don’t follow your instincts to want to hug family.

Don’t follow your instincts to meet up with another family so your children can play with their best friends.

Don’t follow your instincts to want to attend a funeral.

If following our instincts was all we needed, we wouldn’t have had to introduce widespread quarantine rules.

If following our instincts was all that we needed, we wouldn’t have needed a massive publicity campaign.

If following our instincts was all that we needed, we wouldn’t have had to give the police and others sweeping new powers, unprecedented in peacetime – and even pretty rare in wartime.

It’s precisely because so many lives depend on it, that we need not to follow our instincts.

So please, be better than the Prime Minister. Be better than his top advisor.

Don’t follow your instincts.

Do follow the health advice.

And be a life-saver, not an excuse maker.





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4 responses to “Please, don’t follow your instincts”

  1. Brilliantly put. The hypocrisy is appalling but at the end of the day, we have to take responsibility for our own actions, even if others won’t do the same.

  2. Good points, but of course you should follow your instincts to

    – respect your family, friends and fellow citizens;
    – seek and follow good advice from recognised sources;
    – follow guidance and instructions designed to protect us all; and
    – reject quackery and false prophets.

    Above all you must remember that however high you may be, yet the law is above you.

    But events have moved on. Mr Cummings is no longer the main issue. By his statements and actions Mr Johnson has destroyed his own credibility as a leader, his integrity, and his authority. Unless the Cummings-Johnson fiasco is cleared up quickly, then Mr Johnson must go.

  3. Cannot it not be argued that this resort to obscure and down the page caveats to “stay at home” and ‘special circumstances and own best judgment’ approach has now led to good grounds for Appeal in Higher Courts against all the fines (not to mention P. I. N. ‘s) so far imposed. What will be the costs and congestion to the legal system as a result of this ‘perception’ and associated dispensation for private cadres?

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