Our successful efforts to control Covid-19 have come at a huge cost: the shattering of “what was left of our common life”, says Mary Harrington in UnHerd. How? A recent tweet by a porn star called Aella showed how only a few top performers on OnlyFans, the site where she posts, make fortunes. Most make very little. This extreme asymmetry “eviscerates everything except the very top of the curve”. I call this Aella’s Law – and, thanks to the pandemic, it’s everywhere.
By September 2020 it’s thought that 240,000 small and medium British businesses had gone bust. Ocado and Amazon, however, grew by 35% and 85% respectively last year. Instead of high-street antiques shops, we have eBay, which “has devastated high-street sellers”. It’s the same story in our locked-down churches, with collections drastically reduced and the Church of England proposing “to increase parish sizes and cull mid-ranking clergy to trim costs”.