Winston Churchill statue is put in a protective box, as British culture wars sideline Nigel Farage and a John Cleese sitcom
Like the United States, Britain finds itself facing anti-racism demonstrations, in the middle of a culture war, amid a pandemic and an economic meltdown.
The hashtag #worldsgonemad was trending on British Twitter on Friday, as the prime minister posted a tweetstorm defending the heroism of Churchill, a debate raged over an old episode of the sitcom “Fawlty Towers,” and the government released historically brutal economic news.
Britain’s gross domestic product shrank by 20.4 percent in April, compared with March, according to government figures. That’s the largest dip since monthly record keeping began in 1997. Economists say the picture hasn’t been this bad since the free fall that occurred in the Great Frost of 1709, when crops withered, wine barrels burst and people froze to death in their homes.
Of course, the economic pain now is the result of the coronavirus pandemic and accompanying lockdown. Britain faces the highest death toll in Europe and has only recently begun to lift restrictions designed to get the virus under control.
[Source: Washington Post]