Johnson’s promise of independent Covid-19 inquiry is worth as little as all his other vows

If you were relieved when Boris Johnson promised an independent inquiry into his government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, you’ve missed the point.

Boris Johnson promises the world. He delivers very little – if not actually nothing at all.

It costs him nothing to say he’ll have work done – and we should all know by now that he will spend nothing on the work.

In fact, his response to Ed Davey’s question followed a classic pattern.

He said: “I do not believe that now, in the middle of combating the pandemic as we are, is the right moment to devote huge amounts of official time to an inquiry.”

This is the classic delaying tactic, invariably followed by a promise to hold one at a non-specific point later on:

“But of course we will seek to learn the lessons of the pandemic in the future, and certainly we will have an independent inquiry into what happened.”

Just you try to get him to honour that promise!

He’ll keep stalling with “Now is not the time” excuses for a while, and then he’ll cancel the whole idea altogether with:

“We’ve all moved on now.”

You know it. I know it.

The Twitter commentariat certainly know it – and have responded with choice examples of previous Johnson promises that have come to nothing:

And take note:

If you really want an inquiry into the government’s homicidal response to Covid-19, This Writer recommends contributing to that which is currently being carried out by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Covid-19:

Source: Coronavirus: PM promises future independent inquiry – BBC News

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3 thoughts on “Johnson’s promise of independent Covid-19 inquiry is worth as little as all his other vows

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    Promises by these creatures are blowing in the wind being nowt would come of them

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