By ignoring government demands, are we giving Boris Johnson exactly what he wants?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has begged people to refrain from participating in demonstrations supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement protesting the death of George Floyd.

But many thousands of people have ignored the advice.

Hancock had put them in a tricky dilemma. On one hand, taking part in the demonstrations put them in close contact with thousands of other people, meaning they were likely to meet at least one – probably many – transmitter of Covid-19. On the other, staying away would indicate tacit support for violent anti-black and minority ethnic racism.

The UK’s Tory government has indicated that it supports the violent anti-black and minority ethnic racism that we have seen displayed by the US police – albeit in its deeds rather than words; consider the omission of recommendations to reduce deaths of black people due to Covid-19 in the Tory government report on the subject, and Boris Johnson’s reluctance to halt the export of arms and riot equipment used to beat innocent people, and now peaceful demonstrators.

So there is a strong moral argument for standing up against the Tory government’s behaviour, as well as that of the US police.

But, while we have been told it will be compulsory to wear face masks soon, we don’t have to do it yet. And many people don’t even have one.

Who is more likely to go on a demonstration of this kind? I would suggest it would attract people who don’t vote Conservative.

So it seems the Tories have found a great way to get their political opponents to infect themselves with Covid-19 and possibly even eliminate themselves from the electorate (fatalities in the UK running so high).

And even if you don’t buy that particular theory, it still suggests that Johnson has found a way to inflict his “herd immunity” lunacy on the population – and by their own free will.

It’s despicably manipulative. But is it also too intelligent from bumbling Boris and his guru Demonic?

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6 thoughts on “By ignoring government demands, are we giving Boris Johnson exactly what he wants?

  1. SteveH

    Johnson will be happy that he now has someone to blame for the second wave.

    It is very disappointing that the police tactics of charging horses into peaceful crowds to incite violence don’t seem to have moved on much since Orgreave.

  2. alan m dransfield

    David Kelly’s vexatious death/murder
    Thames Valley Police (TVP)are hiding the truth about Dr David Kelly under the Dransfield Vexatious Court Precedent. Please see the TVP FOIA decision notice below.
    Two major errors in law are:
    1.The TVP published the name of the requester on their vexatious decision notice ie Dr Andrew Wall.
    2.The TVP erred in law by not advising which Vexatious Court Precedent they relied upon which was indeed the Dransfield Vexatious Court Precedent.

  3. Grey Swans

    Dear Vox Political, The 2nd Covid19 contagion wave is already with us, 14 days after the return to work on Monday 11 May. There will be a further wave after the bank holiday surge to the beaches. It will just roll on.

    BAME people are between a rock and a hard place. As NHS staff, as key workers, as low waged, in multi occupancy homes, they are dying more as a percentage of their numbers in UK, than white people, but all deaths are tragedies, of course.

    BAME and white people in solidarity could go on protests if they wore the full face shields, that cover the ears, extend below the chin, and above the forehead, with no gap between the headpiece and your forehead. But if we get back the strong sunshine, would need a sun shading hat of some kind.

    There is price gouging going on. But these can be 3D printed. If they could find universities / graphic design studios etc who could do them and crowdfund their costs.

    Masks only stop you spreading your Covid19 to others. It does not stop you getting Covid19.

    There are mini 3D printing machines for around £300-£400 out there.

  4. J Edington

    “On the other, staying away would indicate tacit support for violent anti-black and minority ethnic racism.”

    Hardly. The population of the UK approx 60 million. A big demo might be a couple of hundred thousand people. Does that mean that the other 59 million 800 hundred thousand people support violence and racism? No.

    Nobody in their right mind would go to such these large demos at the moment. Perhaps small demos, in many towns across the UK, where distancing measures could be practicable, would give an even stronger message of support.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I was, of course, referring to those public-spirited souls who are minded to take part in demonstrations of this kind, as I thought the article made clear.

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