Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Hands up, you’re surrounded

One of the most cognitively dissonant aspects of my Instagram feed right now is the way in which life appears to be carrying on more or less as normal just to the north of us in Mexico. Open borders, busy restaurants, packed beaches. 

For the brave stands taken by Presidents Giammattei of Guatemala and Bukele of El Salvador contrast starkly with the blasé approach adopted by AMLO, accompanied by some fairly reprehensible bollocks on the matter of Mexican exceptionalism. 

In the medium term, perhaps the greatest challenge facing our little part of the so-called northern triangle is the way that covid-19 is already raging relatively out of control to our south (Panama, Costa Rica) and how the rate of infection is ramping up noticeably in Mexico beneath its leader’s insouciance. 

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