The continued support Boris Johnson enjoys from the UK public is becoming a constant surprise – especially as he is now u-turning several times a day.
It seems clear that he and his people are saying whatever they think they can get away with, according to the news agenda of the day – as Ian Dunt points out here:
You get the sense of a government responding to each day's headlines, rather than any sort of underlying strategy. https://t.co/qTJqHWppGN
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) September 22, 2020
When lockdown was imposed in March, we all had to work from home if we possibly could.
Then Johnson changed his mind in June and wanted us all to go back to the workplace and catch Covid-19 from our colleagues.
Now it is September and we’re all staying at home again. At this rate, he’ll have us back in the salt mines again around Christmas.
On the subject of staying at home or going somewhere, shall we discuss schools?
Here’s some footage of Johnson at the Commons Liaison Committee, saying that children readily transmit Covid-19 to adults.
But Adam Hamdy is right:
Wow wow wow just how is this man still the pm of this country, he has just totally contradicted the argument they gave for reopening schools!!#BorisTheLiar #BorisHasFailedBritain #borisOut https://t.co/s5WgIbcks6
— Geoff White (@altoniansaint) September 19, 2020
So Johnson – who said, only at the beginning of September, that it was “safe” to go back to school – has now reversed his position entirely. But it’s a bit late now:
Number rising very fast now.
1,749 schools infections with confirmed coronavirus infections
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) September 22, 2020
In our houses, out of doors, in, out, shake-it-all-about… We wouldn’t need to do any of this if we had a decent Covid-19 test, track and trace system – but we don’t.
Johnson handed the contract for this to a private company – Serco – that has made a complete hash of it.
So he keeps calling it “NHS test-and-trace” instead, in the hope that nobody will remember it’s a privatised cock-up. Fat chance:
Compulsive lia Bojo🤡 the butcher keeps referring to our 'outstanding ' #NHS test & trace' while Serco keeps being awarded millions from the taxpayers by the Tories #BorisOut pic.twitter.com/63QrmpM8Kc
— watTyller 💚 #refugeeswelcome (@GMalchemille) September 22, 2020
When the Department for Health and Social Care launched its contact tracing app (which version of that are we on now? Two or three?) the announcement stated that it would not carry out contact tracing.
Guess what? Another u-turn was on the way!
Here‘s The Independent:
No 10 has been left red-faced after wrongly saying the long-delayed NHS coronavirus app will not carry out contact-tracing – only to be slapped down by health officials.
The technology will finally be launched on Thursday – four months late – but without its original purpose, Downing Street had claimed, sparking fresh criticism.
But, within hours, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued a correction, insisting contact-tracing would be “at the heart of the NHS Covid-19 app”.
The fiasco over the four-month-delayed track-and-trace system led to uncomfortable moments for Johnson in the House of Commons where – as usual – he made a proper fool of himself:
I have watched this clip a few times now. The anger has passed and sadness has remained.
Sadness that a PM has to resort to populism of the worst kind to distract from his abject failure.
— Alexis Conran (@alexisconran) September 22, 2020
If you’re having problems understanding what’s wrong with his words, see the following:
Did you all know that Italy & Germany don’t love freedom as much as the UK?
This was Boris Johnson’s defence today in Parliament when asked why both had recovered better:
“There is a difference between our country and others. Ours is a freedom-loving country”#BorisOut
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaNigrelli) September 22, 2020
And here’s another thing: if the UK is such a freedom-loving country and those others aren’t, then why are we having to put up with endless – and constantly-varying – restrictions from Johnson while they are practically back to normal?
This idiot’s words stand on their heads!
For further proof – if you can believe it – Johnson actually said that contact tracing had nothing to do with the resurgence of Covid-19 in the UK:
What utter drivel from our useless PM. If don’t identify cases we can’t trace contacts and get them isolated so can’t remove virus from the community. No one is blaming the NHS because it is not their system, if they ran it it would probably work #BorisOut https://t.co/xeO8bsXLJu
— Alistair Main (@AlistairMainGB) September 22, 2020
Needless to say, the satirists have been having a field day:
— Hasan Hussain (@HasanHussain07) September 22, 2020
— Tony Rawdin #3.5%✊ (@tonyrawdin9) September 22, 2020
I’m going to end with one that’s not related to the rest of the story but refers to Johnson’s intention to bring the armed forces onto our streets to enforce his ridiculous new restrictions on our freedoms. The point, I hope, is clear:
"A great Police presence" to enforce #Lockdown2 restrictions. "With the option to draw on military support where required”.
If you're not worried by this – you should be. #BorisOut #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/HB4g1vXPh4
— El Christo (@ElRaynerista) September 22, 2020
The UK may be a freedom-loving nation – but Boris Johnson doesn’t like it at all.
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