The growing strains with the current social restrictions, ranging all the way from struggling businesses to mental health damage and rising suicide rate, seem to make a return to something like 'normality' really urgent. But in the realm of politics, normality is already back with a vengeance.

Superpower jockeying for influence, combined with the blame game, has reached a new level with the Missouri state lawsuit against the Chinese government. Missouri's Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, may well be correct in believing he can show the Chinese leadership were (at the very least initially) dishonest in handling the emergence of Covid-19, and even in believing that legal immunity of foreign states does not apply in this case. But if, after a protracted legal process, Missouri - most likely along with some other US states - wins its case, and then tries to sequester Chinese assets in the US, the Chinese can be expected to retaliate, if only for sake of saving face.

On a much smaller scale, the row over whether the UK was invited to take part in a joint EU scheme for obtaining protective equipment is also symptomatic. The whole argument over plans to reopen economy and society is already dividing on ideological lines on both sides of the Atlantic, and even within governments themselves. This is probably inescapable when the issue also involves an ethical decision, which is what really scares the political class. It's the natural reaction to hide away from that under the comfort of ideology (where the morality is hidden) and partisan supporters. So, whether or not we get a second wave of the Covid-19 virus, we are now having an nth wave of the political ideology virus.

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