Let’s give Boris Johnson a new nickname. After his performance in Prime Minister’s Questions – and a recent viewing of a favourite comedy movie – This Writer believes he should be called Flounder.
I’m not saying that because he resembles the stupid-but-saveable character in the movie (the Parliamentary version of which would no doubt be entitled Animal House of Commons) – but because it’s how he spent his first session answer questions from Keir Starmer, the new Labour leader.
Starmer’s no silver-tongued sweet-talker; he’s a plodder. But he plodded rings round Flounder as the prime minister desperately sought an upside to the catalogue of catastrophes we know as his record of handling the coronavirus crisis.
Faced with the government’s failure to hit its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day – and the obvious fact that the claim to have done so on April 30 was a lie, Flounder set a new target of 200,000 by the end of this month (while health secretary Matt Hancock blanched visibly behind him):
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) May 6, 2020
Latest figures show 69,463 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday, well short of the 100,000 benchmark.
The total was 84,806 up to 9am on Tuesday, 85,186 up to 9am on Monday and 76,496 up to 9am on Sunday.
Perhaps realising he had dug another ditch for himself to die in, Flounder latched on to the only other big question – when he is likely to lift the lockdown.
So he took a gamble and hinted that something might happen on Monday:
There’s only one problem with that: the figures suggest that it is far too early to even think of lifting the lockdown.
The UK is still experiencing more than 6,000 new coronavirus infections per day, along with more than 600 deaths. Those with the intelligence to understand what this means know perfectly well what lifting the lockdown will signify:
Another 649 deaths and 6,111 new cases.
More than 11.4% of the world's total daily new cases are registered in the UK with 0.87% of the worl's population. Yet, the PM is already talking about easing lockdown and social distancing? #PMQs pic.twitter.com/aSvR00tyaX
— Yassd (@yassd32k1) May 6, 2020
Sadly, another 649 deaths, yet what are the government doing? Talking about ‘apparent success’ & beginning plans to ease lockdown in 5 days!
When will we as a nation wake up & demand better from the government?
— Mitch Green (@Mitch_Green_93) May 6, 2020
Another 649 deaths today. Over 30000 in the UK. Worst in Europe. That would be understandable if we were the 1st to be hit and didn't know what was coming. Now there's talk of easing lockdown. I'm absolutely done with these imbeciles leading our country. #lockdownextension #COVID
— Ali 🏴🏴🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@realgammonchops) May 6, 2020
Can we please STOP saying UK has the worst death toll from Covid-19 in EUROPE!
The UK has the worst death toll in the WORLD!
Multiply UK death rate by 6 to compare to US.
Time for Boris to #TakeItOnTheChin and resign.
— I Keir Hardie 💚 #LabourLeaks (@IKeirHardie) May 6, 2020
We’re not. It’s mass suicide. https://t.co/WTAFHH6j2F
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) May 6, 2020
Suicide by the Tories, maybe.
For most of us, the victims of their policies, it will be mass murder.
Flounder will end up, as John Crace states in his Guardian commentary (that was overly obsequious to Starmer, in This Writer’s opinion), “with blood on his hands that no amount of washing for 20 seconds while singing Happy Birthday can get clean”.
Some might call it pointless death, but that would not be true.
If Flounder lifts the lockdown, and it triggers a second peak in coronavirus infections and deaths, it will happen for just one reason:
Boris Johnson was struggling, and thought he could help himself out with a happy headline.
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