‘Greed is good’ says Johnson over vaccine success. Downing Street rushes to contain the fallout

Not Michael Douglas: Boris Johnson’s attempt to emulate the infamous Gordon Gecko from the film Wall Street left him looking like a reptile.

He may have been trying to emulate Gordon Gecko but he ended up looking more like ‘Boris Dickfingergecko’* instead – a lizard you might find under a rock.

I make the comparison after Boris Johnson tried to tell a private meeting of Conservative MPs that the success of the UK’s vaccine programme was due to “capitalism” and “greed” – in emulation of the speech by the character played by Michael Douglas in the film Wall Street, “Greed is good”.

It seems that even Johnson himself doesn’t believe that mantra, as he immediately retracted his statement once it got into the public domain.

It seems Johnson had been referring to the profit motive that drives corporations to develop new products.

The implication is, of course, disgusting. He was saying that Pfizer and Astrazenica would not have bothered to develop their Covid-19 vaccines if they had not believed they could make a fat profit from doing so.

Such a comment denies that these firms could have rushed to develop a vaccine in order to prevent millions of deaths across the world, in favour of an unfounded claim that they would not have lifted a finger unless there was money in it.

The implication is potentially libellous and the companies should consider litigation against Johnson personally.

*With apologies to the Bibrons Dickfingergecko for associating it with Johnson just because of its name.

Source: ‘Greed’ and ‘capitalism’ helped UK’s vaccines success, says PM – BBC News

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6 thoughts on “‘Greed is good’ says Johnson over vaccine success. Downing Street rushes to contain the fallout

  1. Hecuba

    Little fascist dictator dick johnson finally utters the truth – he does believe greed is good – good for him and his fascist criminal tory cronies! He believes government means the boys in political power have right to amass huge wealth by stealing our public money and giving it to their corrupt and criminal corporate bros! Also ensuring they themselves share the profits because they have shares in said corporate companies!

    dick johnson also believes he has right to greedily amass as much money as possible whilst forcing impoverished women, children and men into even further poverty!

    Says it all about that amoral criminal murderer dick johnson!

  2. wildswimmerpete

    Not sure about Pfizer but AstraZeneca are supplying their vaccine on a “not for profit” basis.

  3. James Bate

    I note they didn’t lift s finger until they got indemnity , plus assets from developing countries. Go on and defend the corp morality of big pharma v the Tories, tough call.

  4. El Dee

    Well, of course they WOULDN’T have moved so quickly and risked so much money to make a vaccine unless there was a fat load of money in it for them. As we know from everything they’ve ever done before, they are indeed only motivated by extremely fat profits. But, with upfront money to invest in the research and offset their risk – they’re quite willing to develop something that will indeed make that VERY fat profit for them. So what actually motivated them was an injection of cash (to offset the risk) which sounds a lot more like errm..socialism?

    The best thing Boris’ PR could do is get him a muzzle. Literally EVERYTHING he says needs ‘explained’ ie apologised for..

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