Super Satur-die: but if pubgoers catch Covid-19, the blame will still belong with Boris Johnson

As I write this, some English people will have been in the pub for more than 10 hours. I wonder how many of them have caught Covid-19 by now?

Boris Johnson said pubs could open from 6am, dubbing the day “Super Saturday” in an attempt to get people in – and it seems to have worked.

People have camped outside and queued up to get into their local drinking establishments – forgetting the 2m social distancing rule in the process, This Writer notices.

There seems to have been a widespread amnesia about face masks, also:

Admittedly, Johnson has taken precautions. He told everybody to use their “common sense”:

So it seems likely that England is cruising towards another peak of infections, on a wave of alcohol – and lies.

Johnson claimed he would not ease lockdown if the ‘R’ rate – the rate at which Covid-19 infections multiply, edged above 1 – that is, one person being infected for every person who already has the disease. But the ‘R’ rate is above 1 now in many parts of England and he hasn’t said a word.

What’s going on? Some covert deal with Wetherspoons?

(It would make sense – Johnson might be expected to at least try to get back the £48 million he has given to the pub chain.)

The decision to allow pubs to open is like spitting in the face of everybody at the NHS who has worked hard to keep the number of deaths down, despite the Tory government’s continued failure to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) or carry out tests to any recognisable standard (because Johnson was determined to outsource provision of these to private firms that failed us all). NHS staff have protested…

… but it is impossible to reason with blank stupidity. That’s why this is likely to be accurate:

Of course, some of us might hope that certain people catch the virus, considering the way they have flouted all the other rules of lockdown…

And what about this idiot?

But we should all remember that if anybody gets it at all, they will not be to blame. They are, after all, only obeying the instructions of their government.

And any deaths will be entirely the fault of Boris Johnson.

Alternatively…

Remember the words of Samuel Pepys during the Black Plague of 1665:

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4 thoughts on “Super Satur-die: but if pubgoers catch Covid-19, the blame will still belong with Boris Johnson

  1. Mark Bevis

    It will be carnage. The pent of up frustrations of the last 4 months will spill out into drunken mob fights in and out of the pubs by the end of the night. On a full moon too. the number of deaths and injuries will no doubt exceed those from the virus.

    In more important news, Nafeez Ahmed (an actual proper investigative journalist, normally reports on climate change) has studied the minutes from SAGE meetings, and it’s not good:

    https://bylinetimes.com/2020/07/03/sagegate-how-government-neutered-science-to-save-the-economy-and-chase-the-ghost-of-herd-immunity/ (3 part article)

  2. Thomas

    I have not been to a pub, not being a fool, but I did go out for a walk this afternoon, and the number of masks other than my own that I saw was precisely zero.

  3. wildswimmerpete

    “Drink responsibly”…well, I did, in my living room. No way will I risk going to a pub, especially not a ‘Spoons, not with my dodgy heart and Covid rampant.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I used to go out every Thursday evening – “Thirsty Thursday”, we called it – with my local friends. Since lockdown, we’ve had take-out and video chat instead. It’s not the same but it’s cheaper and we keep in touch.

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