Coronavirus: Johnson takes ‘direct control’ – because the mess isn’t big enough yet?

Boris Johnson: if he really is taking more control – away from chief medical officers – it’s only so he can make this gesture to everybody who has fought off Covid-19 so far.

Take a look at the tweet directly below – and the response by Another Angry Voice:

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:

Channel 4 wasn’t the only recipient of the leaked information; the Daily Mirror had it too:

So much for data security under the Conservatives!

Then there’s this:

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:

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:

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.

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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2 thoughts on “Coronavirus: Johnson takes ‘direct control’ – because the mess isn’t big enough yet?

  1. Hecuba

    Does this mean fascist dictator boris has decided to come out from hiding in his industrial refrigerator and finally undertake some work??? Given the appalling record of lazy, incompetent fascist dictator boris I think not! However, fascist dictator boris is scoring ‘an own goal’ because now we the public can hold him 110% responsible for failing to contain the ongoing coronavirus pandemic!

    Gee isn’t that great!! All those unscrupulous fascist tory minions such as Cummings, Hancock, et al will clap their hands with glee because they will utter ‘not our problem guv – it’s our bro dictator boris who is responsible for the deaths of more than 62,000 women and men!’

    Oh and look! The fascist tories failed in their objective to murder all those elderly women and men because out of 25,000 who contracted the coronavirus only 20,000 died!

    Not one word of remorse from the callous, greedy, vicious unscrupulous fascist tory criminals because all these women and men are ‘expendable and ‘not value for money!’

  2. chriskitcher

    I was previously an avid follower of the political scene but sine the blonde idiot and his band of lunatics have taken control I’m afraid that I like most other people see them a comics and feel that they are better suited to “Have I got News for You.”

    But that is a tad beyond their capabilities so maybe they should only be shown on Children’s BBC?

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