Here’s another reason to abolish hereditary peerages: Lord Bethell.
This Tory health minister, who inherited his place in the House of Lords rather than earning it, tried to blame poor people for making poor decisions that result in their own deaths from Covid-19.
He said there were “behavioural reasons” for these deaths, listing “the decisions that people make about social distancing, about their own health decisions”.
But those decisions are influenced by his Tory government’s messages!
The Tory response to Covid-19 is now well-acknowledged as muddled, confusing and dangerous.
Boris Johnson made bad decisions before the virus even arrived in the UK that increased the death toll when it did – and he has continued as he started ever since.
The fact is that more poor people have died because poor people have not had the opportunities to hide from exposure to the disease that the rich have enjoyed – mostly because Johnson’s administration told them to stay at work.
So people in service industries were told to put themselves in danger – and many of them died as a result. Black people and those from ethnic minorities were particularly hard-hit because more of them work in these low-paid jobs due to the systemic racism underlying the UK’s culture.
The government said hospitals should send care home residents who had the disease back to those homes, even though those places did not have the facilities to treat them – and tens of thousands of them died.
The government said people could go to the beach, to the pub, back to work – and Covid-19 infection rates spiked every time.
So now nobody at risk trusts a word the Johnson government has to say about Covid-19.
A survey by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori has found that 52 per cent of British adults aged 16 to 75 were sceptical about the relaxation of lockdown.
It also showed that more people thought the coronavirus crisis had been handled badly in the UK (42 per cent) than believed it has been handled well (36 per cent).
The figures revealed that Labour voters, who are more likely to be poor, were three times more likely than Conservative voters to believe the response was mismanaged. Because they have been twice as likely to die as rich Tories?
It follows that people should not trust the government’s advice on when it is safe to return to work, school and leisure activities – even when it may actually be accurate.
The result is a much more dangerous society – because the Tories made it that way. Crocodile tears from a know-nothing toff won’t change that.
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