Take a look at the tweet directly below – and the response by Another Angry Voice:
Simple question: Who was in control of it before?
— Another Angry Voice (@Angry_Voice) June 2, 2020
Good question. According to the Telegraph article…
A shake-up in Downing Street will see the Government’s entire approach to the pandemic run by two centrally-run committees, covering strategy and operational delivery.
Tory MPs said the changes could weaken the influence of chief adviser Dominic Cummings – who was heavily criticised for a 260-mile trip during lockdown – and allow Mr Johnson to tighten his grip on the fight against the pandemic.
… it appears to have been Dominic Cummings.
But isn’t that just scapegoating – blaming the aide who is out of favour with the public? Not only that – we don’t know that the claim has any accuracy at all but, now it has been made, for all we know Cummings can carry on as normal while we assume he’s been consigned to less commanding roles.
It would be hard to blame anybody, even Johnson, for wanting a bit of distance from recent disasters, though.
Consider Test and Trace – the scheme that was criticised as a risk to people’s privacy before it was rolled out:
Revealed: Covid test and trace data in England leaked to Channel 4 News https://t.co/4tVwLOu9jU
— Michael (@therightarticle) June 2, 2020
Channel 4 wasn’t the only recipient of the leaked information; the Daily Mirror had it too:
It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that a leaked report has revealed that just 1,749 people have been contacted by the government's much heralded track and trace system in the first four days since it was launched. https://t.co/53cOv13PZM
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) June 2, 2020
So much for data security under the Conservatives!
Then there’s this:
There must be criminal prosecutions or we might as well all give up. https://t.co/WSSISUx8Z5
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) June 2, 2020
So more than 25,000 Covid-19 patients were released from hospitals to care homes that did not have the facilities to isolate them.
It’s a miracle only 20,000 of them died!
Or is that yet another statistical… mistake… of the kind for which the Johnson government has become justly infamous?
Meanwhile, the total number of excess Covid-19 deaths was revealed to have given the UK the worst death rate in the world, proportionate to the size of its population, from May 22. It was suspected but now it was proved:
— Chris Giles (@ChrisGiles_) June 2, 2020
Against this backdrop, it was revealed that Johnson wanted to lower the Covid-19 alert level – but all four UK chief medical officers vetoed his demand:
UPDATE: all four UK Chief Medical Officers agreed that Covid Alert Level should remain at 4 at their meeting last Thursday, against the PM’s expressed “hopes” it would be lowered. More on #bbcnewsSix https://t.co/zbNKsAtZsE
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) June 2, 2020
Perhaps he is taking more “direct control”, as the Telegraph claims, in order to override this influence. If so, then what follows is ill-advised.
Keir Starmer warns PM: get a grip or risk second wave of coronavirus https://t.co/1RU24ESmww
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 2, 2020
If Starmer was saying Johnson taking a firmer grip should reduce the risk of a second wave of Covid infections, the evidence suggests he is bitterly mistaken.
Johnson taking over is far more likely to speed up that second wave’s arrival – and boost it to overwhelming size.
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