Public patience with the lies of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is running out.
The latest revelation of their duplicity – that supposedly confidential information provided by people who use the Tories’ silly ‘contact tracing’ app is being passed to the police – has triggered a wave of social media posts under the hashtag #ToryLiars.
Here’s the story that triggered it:
Coronavirus: Police get access to NHS Test and Trace self-isolation data. And this is why I never downloaded it. Another breach of trust by the #ToryLiars and another step towards a police state. https://t.co/aOQj2EmGF4
— davecat (@davecat17) October 18, 2020
It states that there is a legal requirement for contacts of people who’ve had a positive Covid-19 test to self-isolate for 14 days, but fewer than 11 per cent are actually doing so.
Police are being given their identity details in order to chase up enforcement.
Reasons given for breaking self-isolation include believing there was no point isolating from strangers if you cannot properly distance from those in your household; not developing symptoms; or visiting shops or a pharmacy.
Obviously the second excuse is made by idiots; we’ve already been told symptoms may develop over a period of up to 14 days, so failure to see them before the full period is over is no excuse for ending self-isolation.
But the point about not isolating from strangers if you can’t isolate from other members of your household who don’t have to self-isolate under Tory government rules is a good one. I have said before that, if symptoms develop, then the housemates may have spent many days merrily spreading the virus.
And my own knowledge of friends and family who were told to “shield” from the virus by isolating themselves while healthy is enough for me to understand why people have been forced to give up self-isolation to buy food and/or seek medication.
It isn’t a failure of intelligence because it was easy to see these problems coming and while I do believe our government ministers are stupid, I don’t believe they were not warned. I think they chose to ignore those warnings and left people to struggle – and spread the virus.
You see, a partial lockdown is as useless as no lockdown at all, when you’re trying to contain a disease.
So the Tories have created a situation where their own failure to create proper conditions for self-isolation has created a need for police enforcement that should not be there.
The public know this and resent it. Hence the charge that the Tories have lied about the app’s confidentiality.
I know some have pointed out that no information on the app itself is being shared – just registration details – but of course people hand those details over in order to use the app so it is a very flimsy excuse.
The claim that this is a lie has led to further comments on other recent Tory lies. And there have been a lot of them:
#ToryLiars The biggest myth being perpetuated by this Tory Government during the whole #CovidUK crisis is that they actually care about the elderly and vulnerable. Their vile cuts to #socialcare over the last 10 years prove otherwise. This is a gift to them. #marr #ridge
— Quidonneuncoup 🌈 🏳️⚧️ 🇪🇺 (@youknowit0609) October 18, 2020
Please retweet and spread the word. Classes are still 30 with no distancing. Staff and kids not allowed to wear masks. Only those immediately next to a case informed. Schs told to keep quiet.#ToryLiars #closetheschools pic.twitter.com/3h8nNZloZp
— Kathryn Bentley (@katebentley1972) October 18, 2020
Please. The UK Government were never interested in a deal. Why they think anyone believes them these days is farcical. #ToryLiars #ToryIncompetence #ToryCorruption https://t.co/W4jlrTwhoP
— Chickens Roosting 🇬🇧 (@Suseq6) October 18, 2020
An official inquiry has confirmed that MPs did flout the 10pm bar curfew despite Tory denials. Health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to say if he was among them…even though he was seen there cracking jokes about his Covid response…#ToryShambles #ToryLiars#ridge #Marr pic.twitter.com/UNsOkuRaQX
— StrongerStabler (@StrongerStabler) October 18, 2020
Nadhim. Zahawi last Sunday claiming Steve Rotherham of Liverpool was really happy to work with him, Steve said that was a fucking lie!#ToryLiars pic.twitter.com/YtbuA2VRwQ
— kerry Hooper🌹 (@hewitson10) October 18, 2020
Playground bullies Johnson & Patel say they are “being hamstrung by lefty human rights lawyers”.
So frustrating having “do-gooders” in the UK…#ToryCriminals #LiarJohnson #ToryLiars https://t.co/62K2y1oEBn
— Spotty Dog (@Spottydog_) October 18, 2020
Undoubtedly the list is lengthening as I type this.
Look up the #ToryLiars hashtag on Twitter and learn something.
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Thankfully I don’t own a smart phone so I can’t download the app anyway! But I’m doing my best to keep away from other people, I only go out for essential shopping and walking the dog. I refuse to go near friends who have children, the kids say none of the pupils are bothering about handwashing and we know they are still meeting up after school as well as no real distancing in school. Their school spend a fortune installing sinks outside for kids to wash their hands and these are not being used. I’m not surprised that schools are fuelling the spread of the disease.
A similar function creep occurred with the Prum treaty and DNA retention by the police