This is the kind of claim that can topple a government.
The fact that it was published by the Tory-backing Daily Mail makes it even more damaging to Boris Johnson and his regime.
Here’s what the Mail has said:
Boris Johnson said he would rather see ‘bodies pile high in their thousands’ than order a third lockdown, it was claimed last night.
The explosive remark is said to have come after he reluctantly imposed the second lockdown, sources told the Mail.
Downing Street last night strongly denied the Prime Minister made the comment, insisting it was ‘just another lie’. But those who say they heard it stand by their claim.
“Those who say they heard it” suggests very strongly that this comes from multiple sources who will support each other’s stories. That alone could destroy Downing Street’s claim.
The allegation is that Johnson made his outburst last October, in response to a warning by Michael Gove that, if Johnson did not order a third lockdown, soldiers would be needed to guard hospitals overrun with victims of Covid-19.
This was before there was even one vaccine, remember, but after Covid-related infections and deaths had begun to multiply exponentially.
It was not until January 4 this year that Johnson gave in and ordered a third lockdown after all.
The claim is so incendiary because the first duty of any government is to protect the population of the nation it has been elected to represent.
If Johnson really said he would happily see the dead bodies of fellow UK citizens “piled high”, rather than ask his friends in business to suffer further disruption (that they would suffer in any case, once the virus took hold) then his words represent a betrayal of his most fundamental duty.
Don’t just take my word for it:
“No more fucking lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands!”- allegedly the words of Prime Minister Boris Johnson uttered as we were hit by the second Covid-19 wave, as reported in tomorrow’s papers.
— Liam Young (@liamyoung) April 25, 2021
Boris Johnson: 'Let the bodies pile high in their thousands'.
That's your grandma, grandad, mother, father, daughter or son, folks.
— JC❤️📺🇬🇧🐟🇪🇺woke, flâneur & serious annoyance. (@jclanoe) April 25, 2021
There are some things you say that haunt you for years.
The words “let the bodies pile high in their thousands” about people in your care…
…Well I hope it haunts the lobotomised, drunk, dishevelled WWI general that is Boris Johnson for the rest of his sordid days.
— Dr Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) April 25, 2021
How will this affect public support for Johnson, as the story develops over the coming days and weeks?
Well, we’ll have local elections in a little over a week.
Let’s see what happens to the opinion polls – and to the vote itself.
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