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.


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

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6 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: (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.

  4. hugosmum70

    WELL I am sat here at my computer drinking rybena and soda water as i’ve been doing for weeks now.. not been outside today apart from taking 2 steps from my door to collect my post and 2 steps back/… you can keep your pubs. waiting for the queues to die down at cafes so i can at last meet my daughter for a coffee again. and hoping to God that the idiots dont cause a 2nd wave because frankly if we get lock-down again for another 3 months i shall give up. its had a really bad effect on me mentally because the first 6 weeks i had no one to help me do the things i cant do myself until one of my dog walkers volunteered to come and do it for me.i cant change my duvet myself for one bed stunk of sweat after 6 weeks without being changed.the other walker would bring in the things i needed that weren’t delivered by the online supermarket i managed to get a slot with. evenings were taken up by talking on the phone for an hour with a friend in Norfolk 171 miles away. she too has helped to keep me sane.a morning call with my daughter and short Skype message with my son . i have last week managed to walk a bit further than the end of my cul de sac 3 times.and twice this week.. been to my daughters twice 21st June/28th June and shopping once weds 24th with my daughter.. (never again/at least not till everything’s opened/ and people have stopped behaving as if it will be the last time they can go shopping again. no loos open apart from sainsburys on a small mall and one near Morrison’s in a bigger 3 story shopping mall. nowhere to get a decent meal.. a bakers is not the place for a diabetic to use as we had to. and Morrison’s you had to walk a mile before getting in the store up n down this walkway they constructed with tape. yes it was good to get out but when you couldn’t sit down on a seat (only cathedral wall) your disabled, use a walking stick and granny’s pram (4 wheel shopping trolley) to help you walk and get told on coming out of the store again. “oh! had i realised you had that trolley with you i would have let you go the shorter way/. (the one coming out of the place)… my back was killing me, my breathing was bad. i needed desperately to sit down properly with back rest behind me. and it took 2 hours longer to do the shopping than it did before lock-down. including stopping for a coffee twice before having to be incarcerated. SOOO i am hoping the idiots DONT get the virus, though i guess ill be hoping in vain.

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