Governments, statistics and unreliable narratives

I’m having to rush a bit because I just wrote 350 words which went nowhere. They were started by me seeing this on the internet whilst researching travel between the USA and UK – a train of thought sparked off by the sight of an elderly gent arriving in Cornwall this morning.

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the United Kingdom: Reconsider travel to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 and exercise increased caution due to terrorism.

I didn’t realise that we had that much terrorism. It certainly doesn’t seem as common as it was when I was growing up. At one time they used to search us before we were allowed in a pub. This was strange as I was searched more going into pubs than I was when I used to go to Ireland on business.

It’s also strange when you think that the intentional homicide rate in the UK is 1.2 per 100,000, where it is 5 per 100,000 in the USA. It looks to me like we should be warning UK citizens not to travel to the USA, and that your government advice would be to prepare for a nice restful holiday in the UK.

It just goes to show that Governments and statistics are what they call “unreliable narrators” in the world of writing.

I’m going out for a meal now, in an attempt to get back to normal. It doesn’t feel quite right but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it once I get there. As long as I can elude those pesky terrorists…

I will try to post something more interesting later, but in the meantime, don’t believe all you read..

10 thoughts on “Governments, statistics and unreliable narratives

  1. Helen

    Well, as you replied to me on another post after your venture out, clearly the terrorists left you alone on this occasion.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      We didn’t see a single one. They may have been waiting to strike when we least expect it, though I might be mixing them up with the Spanish Inquisition…

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Peace is a relative concept – a bit like happiness. I was not altogether surprised when they did research which showed lottery winners are no more happy than non-winners a few months after the win. Even rich people aren’t happy…

  2. tootlepedal

    Yes, in the good old days a friend of ours got his briefcase full of sheet music blown up by the bomb squad when he left it unattended in Carlisle.

  3. LA

    I recently went on vacation. Someone commented on the crime rate of the place we went…I was a little like, I could get hurt in a million ways in a million places…do you let that stop you?


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