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They’ll never admit it but if it does take half a year or more before people in the UK are allowed to resume their normal lives, it’s because of the stupidity of our Conservative government.
And if the lockdown lasts as long – or almost – that will be because of Tory stupidity too.
Boris Johnson’s letter saying the situation will worsen before it gets better is nothing more than we should all expect.
England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Harries, said the number of deaths is likely to worsen over the next one or two weeks – because it will take that long before the effects of social distancing begin to be felt.
And Johnson has warned that stricter measures could be put in place if necessary. This makes perfect sense, if deaths continue to rise.
But the reason deaths may continue rising is the government’s failure to impress upon the population the fact that the measures already in place are important.
In his letter, Johnson says, “From the start, we have sought to put in the right measures at the right time.” This is contemptible nonsense.
Before coronavirus arrived in the UK, the Tories had ensured that none of the plans necessary to protect the public against a contagion of this kind were up to date.
And they had dismantled the specialist team in the Department of Health, that would have dealt with the pandemic, nine years ago.
Medical journal The Lancet warned the government to get its act together on January 24.
But Johnson dithered for a further seven weeks, issuing contradictory statements and advice that left members of the public confused.
Is it any wonder, then, that when he ordered us all to stay home and observe social distancing rules, many people have ignored him completely – including himself?
The prime minister himself caught the disease because he failed to follow his own advice.
The news websites are full of reports of street parties being broken up by police, who are empowered to issue fines starting at £60 but rising to £960 for repeat offenders.
This Writer has been told of barbecues in Shrewsbury, and even health professionals have been caught flouting the rules.
This brings us to another point: remember Jenny Harries, who said the number of deaths is likely to worsen? She must take part of the blame for that.
The Lancet (again) has called on her to apologise for claiming that the NHS had “a perfectly adequate supply of PPE [Personal Protective Equipment, worn by medical staff while treating coronavirus patients to prevent them from contracting it or passing on to others]”.
It didn’t – and I note that two doctors are reported to have died in this report alone.
The government failed to join a European Union scheme to provide much-needed ventilators – by misdirecting the email, it seems – and there are concerns over the choices of supplier made by Johnson and his cronies.
Put it all together and you can see that more people will die because of the Tories; there is a lack of equipment to fight the virus because of the Tories; and if it takes longer for life to return to normal – they’ll be responsible for that too.
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