Suppose a disaster happens and people die. The authorities in charge say they failed to anticipate it, take responsibility, someone resigns and we all say: fair enough – they made a mistake and they admitted it.
Now suppose people die but the authorities pretend they had taken precautions to prevent it – and we find out that they were lying.
That looks far more serious, doesn’t it?
It makes it seem that the authorities concerned intended that the disaster would happen.
Why else would they lie?
Now let’s consider the fact that more than 9,000 people have died in care homes, with a further more-than-10,000 deaths unaccounted-for.
Boris Johnson told the nation in Prime Minister’s Questions that the government imposed safety procedures on homes, the day before they were imposed on the rest of the country – and then he tried to tell us Keir Starmer was lying when he said that wasn’t true.
Starmer then quoted the government’s own guidance back to him in a letter…
…and you know what Johnson did?
He sent Starmer a note warning him to get back in line – because he’s supposed to be supporting the government.
Very revealing, that.
It doesn’t matter, though – because Starmer has already let the cat out of the bag, so Johnson’s attempt to bring him down means nothing.
Oh, and we’ve also got more evidence from first-party sources:
From a care home manager: “What a lot of rubbish. I didn’t get any support until March 23rd and they were just feeble emails. Then the local authority got their act together 2nd week in April. And the advice is still conflicting even today from CQC, CCG and PHE.” https://t.co/GRy3TFarAl
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) May 15, 2020
Murderous liar Hancock telling us about how he protected care homes. Murderous liar Hancock should be on trial.
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) May 15, 2020
Okay “a care home manager” might not seem convincing to you.
Try this, from talk radio channel LBC:
LBC’s Ben Kentish pointed to tonight’s press conference which saw deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries state care home advice issued on 25 February stayed in place until 12 March because “they had the view that there was no sustained community transmission in the UK.”
However, Ben Kentish found minutes from a sub-committee at scientific advisory group SAGE on 10 February which said:
“It is a realistic probability that there is already sustained transmission in the UK, or that it will be become established in the coming weeks.”
Ben reiterated that this was dated 10 February – two weeks before the official care home guidance was issued and more than a month before it was withdrawn.
So SAGE advice on February 10 was that “there is already sustained transmission in the UK” but from February 25 to March 12 the government’s line was that “there is currently no transmission of COVID-19 in the community. It is therefore very unlikely that anyone receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected”. But Matt Hancock said the Tories were protecting care home residents from February. Clearly that is not true.
And what happened? Here’s the Office for National Statistics:
73,180 deaths of care home residents occurred (provisional figures) from 28 Dec 2019 to 1 May 2020 (registered up to 9 May).
— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) May 15, 2020
And look – all those excess deaths started happening right when the Tories said they were protecting care home residents. How about that?
In fact, the Tories didn’t lift a finger to stop deaths in care homes until April 15, when the epidemic there was well advanced:
Matt Hancock just said “we put extra infection control procedures in place & prioritised testing in care homes. We test any resident returning to a care home from hospital”
That was not until 15 April!👇
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) May 15, 2020
So, doesn’t it seem that Matt Hancock has been telling untruths but Owen Jones is right? See for yourself:
This is an disgraceful rewriting of history. The government sent vulnerable patients out of hospitals and back into care homes without testing them, seeding the virus in the sector with a resulting estimated 22,000 deaths, with potentially many more to come. https://t.co/EIACRobmt6
— Owen Jones says join a union🌹 (@OwenJones84) May 15, 2020
And coronavirus infections have broken out in one-third of all English care homes – more than 5,000 homes:
This is a massacre. It’ll be our national shame for generations.https://t.co/tg8ip8Wvrm
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) May 15, 2020
Kerry-Anne is right. It is a massacre.
And all the information suggests that’s exactly what Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock intended it to be. Otherwise, why lie?
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