Review of harmful impact of Covid-19 crisis on BAME people delayed twice – because it shows RACISM?

Racism is hard-wired into Conservatives. This poster was from 1964 and attitudes haven’t changed since then.

When the Tories delay a review of the impact of Covid-19 on black and minority ethnic communities because of “worries” around “current global events”, you know the result can’t be good.

Considering “current global events” include escalating riots in the United States over the way the authorities treat black people, you can expect it to be scandalous.

Demonstrations against the attitudes that caused George Floyd’s death have taken place in the UK and it seems logical that the Tory government – already well-known for its racist policies and racist prime minister – would not want to enflame feelings to boiling-point.

But it makes perfect sense for the review to show that BAME people have been disproportionately harmed by Covid-19 – because the Conservative government has prioritised help away from them.

We already know that Tory Covid-19 policies have been disablist and ageist – look at the massacre in our care homes. Harm to BAME people completes their hat-trick.

Look at the language in the Sky News report:

They now say it has been delayed further because it is in “close proximity to the current situation in America” and it would be a “bad combination” if it was released amid global outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

One Whitehall source told Sky News: “The government won’t be able to put this out without concrete and solid next steps.”

To make matters worse, the Department of Health has tried to deny that the killing of George Floyd had anything to do with the delay.

This comes from the organisation that claimed the UK had enough personal protective equipment and ventilators for everyone, and that 100,000 tests were carried out on a day when only 70,000 took place.

We’re left with the obvious question:

Is it better to withhold the review and let us all think government policy has been racist – or to release it and have our suspicions confirmed?

Source: Coronavirus: Review into impact of COVID-19 on BAME community delayed again | UK News | Sky News

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3 thoughts on “Review of harmful impact of Covid-19 crisis on BAME people delayed twice – because it shows RACISM?

  1. Stu

    It really sums up Tory policies….

    Better to be silent and thought a fool
    Than open your mouth and remove all doubt !

    (Just replace “fool” with racist,bigot,arrogant,cynical or whatever fits the policy in question)

  2. chriskitcher

    Of course it’s been racist, that’s why they have an 80 seat majority. Whether we like it or not the UK public are racist to the core, if they weren’t then we wouldn’t have reports like this one.

  3. Grey Swans

    Dear Vox Political,
    Strangely mainstream media, whether print or tv news, has been telling the public about the higher BAME death rate than white people, over weeks now.

    It makes no difference what government / Public Health England say.

    The newspapers and TV news already have broadcast that information in the public domain.

    BAME are the majority of care home carers, put to death by the seeding of Covid19 positive or untested elderly discharged by NHS hospitals by government. BAME die, all races of elderly die.

    More BAME are doing direct NHS patient care and so more likely to catch and die from Covid19.

    Government downgraded Covid19 status so not liable for health and safety laws, for insufficient PPE to carers / NHS staff, which government could have 3D printed en masse, without waiting for some private company to make a profit from scarce resources.

    To Tories, Labour and Lib Dems, Black Lives do not matter, Poor Lives do not matter, Elder Lives do not matter. The working class of all races are 80 per cent of the population, by income level below £40,000 a year.

    Tory Boris lied about caring for care home residents and the Liaison committee just meekly believed him, when forensic proof is out there from the care homes direct that he did no such thing.

    No party is for us in this pandemic and only interested in maintaining wealth.

    It is time to look to get trade unions to affiliate to NATIONAL HEALTH ACTION party and not Labour, so giving them a chance in the coming early snap election because the public’s consent to lockdown has ended and will not return, unlike Covid19 already in its 2nd and subsequent increased contagion waves.

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