Coronavirus: half a year before normality resumes – because of Tory stupidity

Johnson: This stupid ass caught coronavirus because he failed to follow his own social distancing advice (once he got round to giving it). Now he’s got the nerve to tell us he may tighten restrictions – but he’ll never admit that he has been at fault.

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.

Source: Coronavirus: Strict measures could last ‘significant period’ – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “Coronavirus: half a year before normality resumes – because of Tory stupidity

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    Well most of the peasants didn’t say much when Blair started the demise of the NHS the Tories were almost there in wiping it out now we pay the price of our folly of allowing them to cut monies and starve the NHS we now find that under them we haven’t now left

  2. Stu

    I note that the normally reclusive Jeremy Hunt has dared to “pop his head above the parapet” to say everyone needs testing.
    What’s the betting that the self confessed millionaire entrepreneur has an interest in one or more of the testing kit companies?
    The fact that Blair is saying the same makes me even more convinced.

  3. Mark Bevis

    Do we want to “return to normal”?
    A society of austerity driven homelessness, debt, precarious work and collapsing infrastructure? “Return to nromal” means Boris building pointless trillion dollar bridges to Ireland whilst billions of potholes can’t be fixed. “Return to normal” means unlimited fracking, environmental destruction, badger, fox & grouse hunting, pathetic FPTP voting system and corporate cronyism buying our politicians. A return to fragile “just-in-time” supply, health and housing systems.

    Sod that I say to put it politely. The Disaster Capitalists will be using this crisis to remove even more of our rights to freedom of expression, travel and decently paid work. Cummings will be rubbing his hands in glee now the schools are shut, he’ll try and reopen them as fee paying only to enact his belief that poor people shouldn’t be educated at all. So sod that.

    We need a new normal after this, one that actually meets people’s needs and not the murderuous fantasies of the global 1%.
    A lockdown where no one goes to work is on a par with a general strike – governments are willy-nilly nationalising railways, health care systems, providing pseudo-UBIs – if these can be done in times of crises then they can certainly be done in normal times.

  4. Hecuba

    ‘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.’

    Yes but as usual the fascist tories will claim ‘not our problem guv it was those labour boys over there! We fascist tories aren’t responsible for destroying the departments responsible for maintaining/updating contingency plans in the event of a national disaster/epidemic!

    One wonders why various institutions such as the Fire Service, police and other emergency services constantly undertake training in emergency situations? After all these are a waste of public money according to the fascist tories!

  5. Rik

    snort snort… Pig Trough etc etc . . .

    Let us low-down mortals (just surrender
    ) and be done with it)

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