I’m not sure whether I’m stating the bleeding obvious as they say, but track and trace will never be any good in the UK, it is fatally flawed.

There are a considerable number of self employed people who get no help or support whatsoever when they are unemployed so as a group I suspect they have not downloaded the app, I imagine they view getting caught as rather like turkeys voting for Christmas.

Another large group who are not going to sign up are the young students who are out raving and would obviously not want their activities curtailed by track and trace.

One more section of society who are never going to join in the fun are those families who spend a considerable amount of time flitting from household to household as it is the cultural norm for them to do so.

Lastly I come to another group, myself included which I would term technophobes or Luddites who have never downloaded an app in their lives and have no idea either how to do it, nor what to do with it had they achieved the download.

I experienced this a week or so ago when I met two of my friends for a socially distanced lunch meeting where we were faced with the option of scanning the app or writing our name and phone number on a sheet of paper.

As I have never knowingly used an app I plumped for the paper version straight away but was mildly amused by my friends who were waving their phones at the strange QR code thing, neither of them with the faintest idea of what to do with it.

This leaves a small section of society who downloaded the app the minute it was available, however this too is not of much use either as these people are so scared of Covid-19 that they very rarely leave the sanctuary of their own homes anyway.

All I can say is please do not blame the Government for the failure of track and trace, for I suspect it is probably quite a good system, the only flaw being the considerable numbers of people who for one reason or another are not using it!

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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11 Responses to COVID-19 TRACK AND TRACE.

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Your government expects people to voluntarily be tracked? Our government is more sneaking about it as it is thinking about using GovCoin, a government cryptocurrency like BitCoin, for the next stimulus handouts. Once people download stimulus checks in GovCoin it will track everything they do and what they spend their GovCoin on. Crypto-style. Fortunately, I don’t need no stinking stimulus!

    • The silly thing is we all knew how vulnerable we as a human race are to a virus and we should have been working on them years ago but there is no money to be made until there is a pandemic, I imagine the money that has been spent recently by Governments would have covered the cost of research easily had we spent it before we had Covid-19 it would have been cheaper in the long run.

      • Timothy Price says:

        They’ve been doing research on it for years. The problem is it got released into the population. The question is a real accident or an on purpose accident.

  2. SueW says:

    Haha, I’m in the latter group. First there the minute it was released. Never go anywhere either.
    My son has not downloaded it, giving the reasons- when they’ve ironed out the problems I might.

    It was released too late, it should have been released at the start of summer when people were beginning to take tentative steps towards mixing again, all ages were still a little nervous of the virus back then.

    Other countries managed it why couldn’t we?

  3. Joni says:

    We have a track and trace app here in Canada which will alert you if you have been exposed to a COVID case, the phone tracks where they have been, I think it works on bluetooth?, but only 4million people have downloaded it, so it’s been pretty much useless in a population of over 30 million. Most people have privacy concerns…

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