The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Just when we thought the situation in Ibiza couldn’t get any worse. After not being allowed out of our homes for more than 2 months and after dubious political decisions curtailed the summer we now have an ‘urban lockdown’ for a minimum of 15 days in San Antonio and Ibiza Town.

As the old proverb says ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and this latest measure is a step too far for many as the Balearic Government stumble from one crisis to another seemingly making decisions on the hoof without transparency. Not only does it create confusion, division and anger it also means that 2 neighbours on the same street have to live in completely different ways, how can this be right?

The Balearic Government in Palma has introduced these new restrictions before producing the data to back up the decisions. Today the local press is full of hastily arranged numbers trying to justify the actions but it’s too little too late. Take away liberty only after you have justified through genuine data and explained in detail why it’s the ONLY way forward.

For certain areas to be left out doesn’t make sense, either San An has a problem or it doesn’t. If it does then show us the details and bring in sanitary measures that address the problems, restricting liberty and using the population as lab rats in a social experiment whilst creating a ghetto mentality in the process is a very dangerous route to take.

This virus (like many others) isn’t going away so it’s about educating and encouraging people to avoid certain situations and to live in a different way that minimises risk although in life there’s risk every time you step outside your front door. Peddling the myth that we have to live in constant fear will have major repercussions for future generations.

Most new cases are from mixing in groups so if you take personal responsibility and avoid large groups especially with people you don’t know then the risk of catching Covid is negligible. Then again if you like to socialise and hug and kiss everyone you meet along the way including strangers then you have a fair chance of catching the virus but seeing as the death rate is 0.7% here in Ibiza then the chances are that you will make a full recovery. In fact if you don’t have underlying health issues then the chance of dying from Covid is almost zero.

Draconian measures that take away liberty have no place in modern society, the vulnerable need to be shielded but this has always been the case. For our sanity we need to get on with our lives but in the knowledge that we are responsible for our own actions.

Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

5 thoughts on “The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions”

  1. Thanks, Martin – as always, the voice of sanity and reason. As you say, the virus isn’t going to go away and we should be allowed to take responsibility for taking our own risks. Hope to get back to the White Island again before too long. Meanwhile, stay safe and well.

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  2. Gary says lock down the whole of San An, but then there are still borders, what about the heavy residential area of Ses Paises or the San Jose portion round the bay? No, thank goodness for small mercy’s that only a small portion is affected. The truth is, Martin is right. We have to learn to take responsibility for ourselves. If you don’t want to catch it, adapt to survive but we must stop living in this fear thrust down our throats by the media and governments. Be aware but don’t succumb to fear.

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  3. People in government always think they know best after all they have no competition to make them go out of business from failures like every other part of society.

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