Perhaps Priti Patel thought doing the morning press junket would rehabilitate her image after she was publicly shamed for tweeting in contempt of court during the Essex lorry deaths case.
If so, she’s an even worse judge of a situation than even This Writer thought.
Instead, she managed to expose herself with an enormous lie – and humiliate herself with an inept claim that Covid-19 is “bouncy”.
It might look like a space hopper in the illustrations, but that doesn’t mean it is one!
Let’s look at the enormous lie first:
"The government has consistently, throughout this year, been ahead of the curve in terms of proactive measures with regards to coronavirus"
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 22, 2020
Oh, really? Now let’s go over to our independent panel of commenters for their observations on that claim:
Locked down late inflicting national catastrophe on country with one of highest #coronavirus death tolls in Europe & worst recession of any G7 country but Priti Patel says on #r4today “Gov’t has consistently been ahead of the curve in terms of proactive decisions on coronavirus”
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) December 22, 2020
Priti Patel: "The Government has been consistently ahead of the curve on Coronavirus".
I suppose if you're going to lie you might as well make it a fucking massive one. #r4today
— Briefcase Michael (@BriefcaseMike) December 22, 2020
Priti Patel says on #r4today:
“The Government has consistently this year been ahead of the curve in terms of proactive decisions on coronavirus.”
Tories really do believe you are thick enough to accept these blatant lies as facts. Are you?
— sue#NHSLove (@SueSuezep) December 22, 2020
How far ahead of the curve do you have to be so that you go round the circle and end up behind it? Asking for Priti Patel
— John Crace (@JohnJCrace) December 22, 2020
It was an enormous lie. Boris Johnson and his government have been months behind in their decision-making; they have ignored scientific advice, and they have tried to manipulate the crisis to suit their own selfish interests, rather than serving the public good.
I don’t think Patel can be blamed for making herself – and her government – look so bad, though. It’s symptomatic of her utter lack of self-consciousness; she thinks she can say anything at all, no matter how ridiculous, and the rest of us will swallow it.
Consider her other howler of the morning:
Priti Patel this morning:
"It's a bouncy virus, so obviously people can catch it in a much more easier way."
"Bouncy"…."much more easier"…
Nice to see the Home Secretary nailing the scientific language.
And the English language….
— (Social) Liberal Leigh 🕷️ 🇪🇺 🇬🇧 #FBPE 🔶 (@Liberal_Leigh) December 22, 2020
I remember Diane Abbott getting some numbers muddled and getting shit for it never since. Priti Patel has today described the most deadly virus many of us have experienced like it's a space hopper.
— Mike Holden (@MikeHolden42) December 22, 2020
I’m looking forward to SAGE’s official documentation that endorses this description of Covid-19.
I may have a long wait ahead of me.
But there is a silver lining, as the following tweet makes plain:
To daughters everywhere: if Priti Patel can hold one of the Great Offices of State, the world is truly your oyster.
— Dominic Minghella (@DMinghella) December 22, 2020
Yes indeed. Sadly, it seems, you have to sell your integrity, your self-respect and indeed your soul to the Conservative Party. Some might say the price is too high.
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