It seems the timing of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments about “carping” over Covid-19 tests has turned the issue into a farce.
As reported on This Site earlier, complaints have been rising because people have been sent miles – sometimes hundreds of miles – out of their way for tests.
This Site reported a few days ago that the government seems to have ordered some testing centres to shut, even though they still had usable tests.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 infections are soaring across the UK, with nearly 4,000 new cases announced on September 16 and outbreaks in more than 1,000 schools.
In Parliament, Rees-Mogg said:
“The issue of testing is one where we have gone from a disease that nobody knew about a few months ago to one where nearly a quarter of a million people a day can be tested.
“And the prime minister is expecting that to go up to half a million people a day by the end of October.
“And instead of this endless carping saying it’s difficult to get them, we should be celebrating this phenomenal success of the British nation in getting up to a quarter of a million tests for a disease that nobody knew about until earlier in the year.
“That is a success of our scientists or health experts and of our administration.”
This Site stated earlier that apparently the only way to be sure of a test in Rees-Mogg’s Tory UK is to pay for it – or to be a member of Parliament like him.
To that, we can now add that pupils at private schools can also be sure of a test – even if they don’t have any symptoms.
This is embarrassing for Rees-Mogg and the government as they had been “carping” about asymptomatic people clogging up the testing system.
@Jacob_Rees_Mogg do explain how every single asymptomatic Eton College student returning to Eton last week was able to get a Covid-19 test but people who have symptoms,including those living in areas with the highest rates of infection,for example,Bolton with the highest, cannot. https://t.co/476yQd7WNE
— Aunty Fah #BlackLivesMatter (@FahAunty) September 17, 2020
Ordinary people have leapt to point out the obvious inconsistency:
All of the students & teachers that attend Eton College have been tested for Covid-19
Emily goes to a mainstream comprehensive school & has a disability
Nice to know that her future & her classmates are equally valued
Let’s discuss this please before I implode pic.twitter.com/3CDHJIsJmS
— ⚫️Dan White 🇪🇺🌎♿️🦠✊🏿🏳️🌈 (@Danwhite1972) September 17, 2020
Oleg here has all the discussion we need:
But apparently at Eton they can all get tests, so why should he care? As long as the poshos get what they want, who cares about the plebs eh?
Getting working class people to vote for these ghouls is a triumph of electioneering, but a horrendous indictment on contemporary Britain
— Oleg Kostoglotov (@OlegFilimonovic) September 17, 2020
You wrote the book in a single sentence there, Oleg!
People who need Covid tests are being denied them because the children of the rich were given privileged access.
And the government that is presiding over this corruption convinced many of us who are going without that they were the best people for the job.
It’s bad enough that those people lack intelligence; now, thanks to this decision, the Tories are robbing them of their health as well.