Covid – failures of the Tory Government

Read what Michael Rosen writes about Covid.

Feel the rage that the Tory Government not only mishandled the pandemic outbreak deliberately but that the expiring PM Boris Johnson trumpets his achievements. We all got very angry to discover he was lying about his parties during lockdown as his constituents were dying and not even able to attend the funeral of loved ones (that poignant moment of the Queen mourning the loss of her duke by herself at the same time as suitcases of wine were being smuggled into No 10, and of course the deaths of over half of 200,000 people, the ones that could have been prevented). But behaviour of MPs is a visible part of the problem.

The less visible part of the problem and one that still exists is the issue of competence. We hired a village idiot to look after the children, we hired an alcoholic to pilot us through hard times, we hired a pathological liar to plan our path through a complex public health emergency. It was Johnson, yes, but it was also his entire Cabinet including many who are running to take over as leader of the damned Tories and the leader of our damaged country for another 2 years or so.

Michael Rosen documents the effects of these policy choices at a personal level. We see the sickness and Johnson has done us a terrible disservice by making it normal. His lies made us angry, but he lied to himself and pretended to know things that have resulted in the worst strains suffered by our brilliant health services, he mismanaged the economy and the result is a doubling of debt with no growth to show for it by launching his vehicle of economic disaster: Brexit.

Read Michael Rosen’s article. Reflect how the Tory Governments’ mismanagement and misrepresentation have ruined our country and listen to the prospective incumbents for his job. Which one recognises what we see: the truth? Which one will lead us through a painful recovery or make matters worse by pretending Brexit has any actual benefit? That we should consider to suffer from their inherent greed?

UK Covid Strategy

The UK Covid strategy has been led by hesitancy and populism rather than an understanding of the long term effects of early action, creating space for the NHS to breathe.

And now the ex-head of the Covid Strategy task force is asserting more nonsense suggesting that the mass vaccination programme should be abandoned in favour of ‘treating Covid like the flu’. There are an estimated 1.2 million suffers of ‘long Covid’ which is a permanent strain on stretched medical facilities and staff. Even if the NHS were privatised (which is the real intention of the most dishonest administration since before the Magna Carta) the actual hospitals and staff are the same pool of skills and as an investable or insurable proposition, it would be a disaster for the British population. The pandemic has multiplied the problem from being critical to ridiciously dangerous.

The Covid Strategy of this Government has been a disaster with the exception of the vaccination programme. The PM in particular has set a brazen and stupid example from shaking hands with Covid patients (and then surviving the disease) to hesitating and then applying lockdown thus a) reducing the positive effect of reducing strain on the NHS by locking down too late, and b) increasing the damage of the resultant wave’s strength and persistence. A two week lockdown at the very start of a wave suppresses the R number so can be lifted more quickly. Wait for that two weeks, and the lockdown must be extended for months. And that has now happened three times. Boris Johnson and his Covid Strategy Task Force have been a catastrophe to the UK economy. The Chancellor’s programme to save jobs and businesses cost more than it should as a direct result.

And then there is the Test and Trace debacle. £37B wasted on a useless app that has a ridiculous principle as its raison d’être – trusting people who would violate lockdown to be traced on their mobile phone to log in to venues and spending so much money on an app that is essentially three simple technologies combined is not only tragically unbelievable but corruption of the worst kind.

The disturbing trend is the Government is working against the voters by using sound bites, tricks and outright lies to gaslight the population. It is time for honest Government and it is time for this PM to be sacked by his MPs for turning the serious business of Governing into a terrible record of death and reactive stupidity purely and nakedly to maintain popular support. He has failed. Recent by-elections have proven that. Why do the cowardly backbenchers stay invested in this fraudulent menace?