Flash said 'I wonder if this will happen more at small employers...' - interesting point. I used to think you were more likely to have good working relationships in small business operations, and have the possibility of navigating conflicts face-to-face & informally without having to involve all the bureaucratic machinery of courts, unions etc. To some extent I still think that's true, but on the other hand if things go sour in a way that can't be fixed you're pretty stuck, and what's more you likely have to continue spending lots of time in close proximity to the person you have a problem with. Had an issue with a previous boss over missed paychecks and he dragged his heels for over a year, making pally promises and reassurances every time I brought it up. It took the threat of taking him to small claims court before he coughed up. Lesson learned!
@Shyaku, thanks for the suggestions, though I don't know if I/we want to go down that obstructive route. Same thing of having to work with the guy in the meantime. Otherwise I expect he'd have me picking stones out of the fields all day every day...
@Willem, yes the fear is pretty strong in the highlands, I've noticed, and also from talking to other people. Odd arriving here from Stroud where they have a very vocal anti-vax / covid skeptic segment of the population, and the farm did a bare minimum to mitigate risk. Apparently because there hasn't been any massive outbreak up here the big concern is Outsiders coming into the area and bringing the disease with them. That and difficulty of access to healthcare services for many out in the sticks (but then, how is the virus going to get out to them in the first place??)
On moving goalposts, yes I remember that was the line, I guess until they got enough of the things to push on the whole population. The new 'herd immunity' plus lucrative profits for pharma. We're getting close to July, which was the month floated for when AstraZeneca was going to declare the pandemic over so it could move away from charging 'at cost' - https://members5.boardhost.com/xxxxx/msg/1616585811.html Don't know if that's still the case...