Rishi Sunak – the government minister who may be the only one with more Covid-19 related blood on his hands than Boris Johnson – is agitating to cause more deaths again.
Sunak, whose ‘Eat Out to Die Out’ wheeze contributed to reversing all the benefits of the first UK lockdown by encouraging people to congregate indoors in the middle of a pandemic, says he thinks scientists like Chris Whitty have changed their focus from protecting the NHS to keeping infections low and staying ‘Covid-free’.
What the blazes is wrong with him?
The trouble is that Sunak is said to be the most popular politician in the country, because his furlough scheme protected jobs. It wasn’t generous at all, but the fact that it made him popular simply demonstrates how badly demeaned the UK’s workforce has become after 40 years and more of Tory-style neoliberal economic policies.
Here’s Owen Jones to explain in detail what’s wrong with Rishi Sunak:
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) February 3, 2021
Many people have pinpointed ‘Eat Out to Kill Off’ as a reason to distrust Sunak’s instincts. Here’s a very good point:
Rishi Sunak concerned scientists are 'moving goalposts' on Covid lockdown.
This from a man whose "Eat Out" policy spread the virus. He didn't listen to scientists then. Economy can be reconstructed. The dead can't be resurrected.https://t.co/SODqogYprj
— Prem Sikka (@premnsikka) February 4, 2021
But many people have highlighted his many other blunders:
If anyone in this obscene Tory Government has more blood on his hands than @BorisJohnson, it's Rishi Sunak. Eat Out To Kill Off, blocked circuit breaker in September and now chomping at the bit for end of lockdown. Added to which he is a crap Chancellor. No good @RishiSunak !
— Matthew Payne (@Matthew82069336) February 4, 2021
And there’s a warning that his idea will bring on a deadly third wave of the virus:
Rishi Sunak opposes any further Lockdowns & accuses scientists of "moving the goalposts".
Thats the same Rishi Sunak who sabotaged 1st Lockdown result with his deadly "Eat Out To Spread Virus" scheme…
Its the virus which is moving goalposts.
There *will be* a 3rd wave in Summer
— Bryan Smith #RejoinEU (@BpsmithUk) February 3, 2021
But of course we should not forget that Sunak’s Tory government is doing what it can to harm us all, even after vaccines were developed against the virus.
The delays that the Tories are imposing on second doses of the vaccine are too long. People should be having the booster after three weeks, not three months.
It seems clear the government knows this, too – as super-rich people like Stanley Johnson have had both doses of the vaccine in the recommended period, suggesting that the Tories have imposed a two-tier vaccination system that leaves most of us behind.
It also gives the virus a chance to adapt, according to some:
I’m just some fucking idiot from The North and not a privately educated billionaire or anything, but I feel a bit like if Rishi Sunak wants this to be the last lockdown, the best way of achieving that isn’t to create the perfect conditions for a vaccine-resistant strain to emerge
— 🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈 (@SpillerOfTea) February 4, 2021
Sadly, we live in a country run by liars. The Tories say they are guided by the science but we have seen them ignore good advice time after time because they were desperate to keep the economy ticking over. All the did was make matters worse.
Sunak will influence his Cabinet colleagues and make matters even worse. He is part of a government that cannot do anything right.
So perhaps we should be glad that it seems reactions to Sunak are changing. Let’s hope this will become the last word:
You might think Rishi Sunak looks good in a suit, but he looks even better in his favourite get up, a long flowing hooded robe and a beautifully accessorised scythe.
— Rob Knox (@pashukanist) February 4, 2021
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