Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, it is said. This rationale is used as the justification for some of the inconsistent decisions and bizarre pronouncements made by governments everywhere, not least in SA.

People worldwide will have their own first-hand experiences of this, and all of it leaves most of us confused and grumpy. I heard the UK prime minister recently saying in a broadcast how the country had “come together” to deal with the crisis. Not actually, Boris — most people had stayed away from each other...

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