As the lockdown ends – and IF Covid-19 dies away – will we REALLY forgive Johnson for all the deaths he caused?

After the crisis, will we put up with the cover-up? For the sake of the many thousands he sent to early graves, we have a duty to hold Boris Johnson to account for his Covid-19 cock-ups.

This Writer had the first Covid-19 vaccination on Easter Sunday and within a few hours I felt terrible.

Having been warned that a tiny minority of people experience headaches, fever and/or flu-like symptoms, I was forearmed and didn’t panice. That’s the best I can say about it.

After the headache came on I retired to bed, which I found to be extremely cold – to a point where my hands and feet felt like blocks of ice, no matter what I did to warm them up. I also experienced bizarre pains in my legs.

I did get some sleep, but awoke to the onset of the flu-like symptoms and spent the day on the sofa with the cat lying on me, downing Paracetomols and sniffing (me, not the cat).

When I told my stepdaughter about this, she said, “It’s ok, it’s just your body trying to reject the DNA changes and the nanochip. Bill Gates gets all the information fed back to him, it’ll pass and you’ll be fine in no time.” It’s good to know that someone saw the funny side.

I’m writing this just before going to bed and all those symptoms have died away.

It’s a small price to pay for the protection that the vaccine promises.

With the rollout proceeding at high speed (the vaccination centre in Builth Wells was as full as social distancing would allow when I attended), Boris Johnson and his government have announced that they are proceeding with their plans to lift lockdown restrictions, according to the timetable they set some weeks ago.

Here’s what it means, according to the BBC:

More businesses will open, but indoor settings should be visited alone, or with household groups. Outside, six people or two households can meet.

  • All shops allowed to open
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons and other close-contact services can open
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation
  • Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
  • Funerals be attended by up to 30 people, with 15 at wakes
  • Children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity
  • Care home visitors will increase to two per resident

Here in Wales, matters are slightly different:

  • All travel restrictions have been lifted within the country – residents can travel anywhere within Welsh borders
  • Six people from two different households (not counting children under 11) can meet and exercise outdoors and in private gardens
  • Organised outdoor activities and sports for children and under-18s can resume
  • Limited opening of outdoor areas of some historic places and gardens
  • Libraries and archives can reopen
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, can open to people from the same household or support bubble. But non-essential travel to and from other UK nations remains banned

And then, from 12 April at the earliest:

  • All pupils and students return to school, college and other education
  • All shops and close-contact services can open
  • The ban on travelling in and out of Wales ends
  • Driving lessons can resume and some driving tests (remainder on 22 April)

In Scotland:

Outdoor mixing between four people from up to two households is already allowed, along with outdoor non-contact sports and organised group exercise.

Communal worship is also now allowed with up to 50 attending (if social distancing permits).

The stay at home became the stay local rule on 2 April.

From 5 April, hairdressers and barbers (but not mobile services) can reopen for pre-booked appointments; more shops can reopen and non-essential click-and-collect can resume; outdoors non-contact group sports for 12 to 17-year-olds can resume.

12-19 April:

  • All pupils back at school full-time

And in Northern Ireland:

  • People can now meet for exercise in groups of up to 10 from two households
  • Golf and other outdoor sporting activities can resume (although clubhouses and sports facilities must stay closed)
  • Six people from two households can meet in a private garden
  • Garden centres can operate click-and-collect services

From 12 April:

  • Remaining school year groups 8-11 return (Years 1-3, 4-7 and 12-14 have already returned)
  • Stay-at-home message relaxed
  • All other non-essential retail can operate click-and-collect
  • Sports training with up to 15 people can resume
  • Up to 10 people from two households can meet in a private garden

It all seems very optimistic.

Personally, I’m hoping it all works out because I am sick to the back teeth of being stuck at home.

But I don’t want us to forget that we have paid a terrible, terrible price, just to get to this point.

Our government, in whom the nation placed its trust in December 2019, failed us abjectly – and the number of deaths so far is greater than many recognised genocides including:

  • The Romani genocide in Nazi-occupied Europe (130,000 at its lowest estimate).
  • The Polish genocide (around 110,000 at lowest estimate).
  • Idi Amin’s Ugandan genocide, the Rohingya genocide, and the genocides in Darfur, East Timor, Bosnia, Croatia, and California.

I use the lowest estimates because, of course, the number of deaths currently known in the UK is also a lowest estimate. It will be a long time before we get the final figure.

It is already horrifying enough, though:

Boris Johnson avoided dealing with Covid-19 when the pandemic first arrived in the UK. He avoided briefings and refused to take the decisions we needed, to restrict the spread of the virus.

Because he wanted it to spread through the population and kill where it could. He said as much in a TV interview in March last year.

It was his great “herd immunity” fallacy.

Ever since, he has been too keen to lift lockdown early and too reluctant to impose it again.

He has relied on a heavy propaganda campaign, intended to whitewash his decisions by claiming that the UK’s response to Covid-19 has been successful when it hasn’t.

And while he has said he is willing to have an inquiry into his government’s handling of the pandemic, he has demanded that it will only happen “at the appropriate time”, inducing some of us to believe that, for him, the appropriate time is “never”.

Alternatively, he’ll just fob us off with a government-scripted whitewash, like we’ve seen in his “racism report” last month.

He will never accept responsibility for the huge death toll he has caused.

And that means it’s up to us to pin it onto him.

But will we?

I’m concerned that the Great British Public will let him off the hook.

We have a deplorable tendency to forget about terrible injustices, pretty much the instant after we’ve had a good complain about it.

We shout at the television during the news, but how many of us actually do anything about the cause of that rage afterwards?

You know I’m right.

I can think of 150,116 people who would demand that Johnson and his government be held to account – if only they could communicate with us from beyond the grave.

They can’t so we should.

Whatever happens, it is our duty to demand justice for the multitude who died when they should not have died – because an ignorant, selfish part-time politician could not do his job properly.

Source: What’s the roadmap for lifting lockdown? – BBC News

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  1. Jeffrey Davies April 6, 2021 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Mike I had mine Oxford didn’t have no
    Side effects at all but had I come in contact
    With the virus don’t know but no side effects

  2. Hecuba April 6, 2021 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Cynically I know most women and men have already forgotten that little fascist dictator dick johnson instigated state sanctioned mass murder of now 150,116 and still counting – women, men, children and even babies.

    Fascist dick johnson will never be prosecuted for his crimes committed against us citizens and that to me is horrific – the apathy of so many indifferent gullible women and men!

    All we will hear will be discussions around what type of memorial should be erected to those 150,116 and still counting women, men, children and babies who ‘sacrificed their lives’ so that ‘we could live!’

    UK doesn’t have a government – what we have is a one party fascist dictatorship. All those who died are just statistics – not individual human beings and that is how little fascist dictator dick johnson likes it to be termed!

    Note all those incessant fascist tory propaganda about protecting the NHS – never ever has it been about saving human lives! Just protect the NHS so it can be sold off to greedy fascist male owned corporate companies!

    I predict the fascist tories will soon be punishing all those women and men who contracted the coronavirus and now are suffering with the long term debilitating after effects. All these women and men will be told they are ‘scroungers’ for demanding state financial aid and they will be denied any financial help because they are ‘fit to work!’ Fascist tories will claim ‘long term after effects of coronavirus is a myth – get back to work you slaves!’

  3. disabledgrandad April 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    When bozo has caused more deaths than wars FFS!!! You really have to ask how bad does it have to get millions before the public will care?

    I know propaganda and mass media gaslighting is how they get away with there arrogance and ignorance over covid but anyone with a tiny IQ can work out who is responsible for this pile of corpses!

  4. El Dee April 6, 2021 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    After it is eventually ‘deemed’ to be over (it won’t end, it will lessen) then there WILL be calls for an inquiry. After some prevaricating Boris will agree and say that the public has a ‘right to know’ and ‘lessons can be learned’ blah blah. Then he will seek out the friendliest of judges (what about promoting Vanessa Baraitser?) and ensure that the inquiry is severely limited in terms, for example it will be into the NHS response to the pandemic. Of course individual doctors and nurses won’t be blamed, they were ‘heroes’ but anyone further up the food chain will be thrown under the bus. They will blame triage policies and DNRs for the deaths (which WILL have amde a small contribution – again) and make no reference to any political decisions made whatever.

    The inquiry will take a couple of years after the deemed end of the pandemic to start and will take a few years to work through the mountains of nonsense thrown at it. It will make a report critical of NHS policies of the leaders but won’t be able to reference anything to do with politicians or funding. The report will in fact say very little and be quite bland. The recommendations, such as they will be, will be fully adopted – until they are disregarded a few years later.

    We know this because of Grenfell, Bloody Sunday and every single ‘mistake’ our governments have every made which the public have paid for in blood. They will trot out the old ‘lessons will be learned’ and say that the inquiry isn’t about allotting blame, whilst allotting blame to managers in the NHS.

    In theory this COULD report back under a newly elected Labour government. But, as per the rules they won’t alter a single thing about it. They know better. If they DID do that then the Tories would do it back to them the next time Labour policies killed off members of the public.

    We have the government we deserve. This is what we get for our levels of disinterest and lack of involvement in politics. We are led by the worst of us..

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