Conservative self-justifications for stupid behaviour get increasingly more ridiculous by the day.
Tory housing minister Simon Clarke has admitted that the UK has a “unique vulnerability” to Covid-19 infection because it is a “global travel hub”.
And this is true: it is believed there was no single “patient zero” who brought the virus into the UK.
Instead, as many as 1,300 separate individuals carried it here with them, according to major research by an organisation calling itself the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium (Cog-UK).
Those initial cases came mostly from European countries; the pandemic may have started in China but the UK wasn’t infected by people travelling from its point of origin.
What’s unbelievable is Mr Clarke’s next claim: he denied that this showed strict quarantine rules should have been applied in March (This Writer would have suggested earlier than that) to prevent the infection getting in.
Bear in mind that Covid boffin Neil Ferguson has said that locking down the country just one week earlier would have halved the UK’s death toll. Quarantining visitors to the UK should have been part of that.
But Mr Clarke said the decision to allow travellers into the UK without any check on whether they were carrying Covid-19 for nearly three months after lockdown started was “proportionate in terms of trying to maximise savings of lives and the economy”.
We can disregard the claim about “savings of lives” – it simply isn’t true; the UK has the highest death rate, in proportion to the size of its population, in the entire world. That is due to Tory recklessness.
So what’s the real justification for the Tories’ reckless decision to allow Covid-19 into the UK, ending tens of thousands of innocent lives?
It’s the other “saving” that Mr Clarke mentions: “the economy”.
Yes, the Tories decided it was worth risking all our lives, just to make a few more farthings for themselves and their filthy business friends.
It’s also the reason they are easing lockdown restrictions long – long – before it is safe to do so, according to the standards they themselves put in place.
They see other countries, that enacted all the precautions they didn’t, recovering and starting to resume trading with the world and fear that they will lose more filthy lucre if they don’t do the same.
Your life is worthless to them if you aren’t putting money in their offshore bank accounts. Remember: Tories consider you to be nothing more than livestock.
That is why they are eager to risk a massive second wave of infection, with even more deaths, just to be able to say that they are trading with the world again.
Mark my words.
Boris Johnson is eager to infect you for the sake of some favourable publicity and a bit of cash for his party’s donors.
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