The madness of Priti Patel: she denies the Tories backed ‘herd immunity’ but we all know it’s true

Eyes wide, teeth bared: Priti Patel looked more ready to murder Andrew Marr than respond to his questions in any reasonable way. While she managed to stop short of doing the former, she also failed to do the latter.

I wish I had seen Priti Patel on the Marr show, eyes wide and staring, lying through her bared teeth that the Tory government didn’t follow a “herd immunity” policy that would have been more like mass murder.

I would have laughed. Bitterly.

She was responding to comments by Dominic Cummings:

Asked by the BBC’s Andrew Marr whether herd immunity had been government policy at the beginning of the Covid pandemic – before a vaccine had been created – Ms Patel replied “absolutely not”.

She said she would not comment on what Mr Cummings would say ahead of his appearance in front of a parliamentary committee this week, but added “our strategy was always about public health, saving lives and protecting the NHS”.

Cummings himself has felt no such need for restraint, but has managed to make himself appear far more rational:

 In a flurry of tweets the PM’s former top aide said it had not been a secret at the time.

“Herd immunity wasn’t ‘a secret strategy’, it was THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC EXPLAINED ON TV/RADIO STRATEGY!”

He noted health officials, including SAGE members, had explained the strategy in those terms in broadcast interviews during March and April.

We know this to be true. Boris Johnson infamously pushed “herd immunity” during an interview on ITV’s This Morning:

Cummings continued:

“It became clear neither [Matt] Hancock/[Cabinet Office] understood herd immunity effects: 100s of 1000s choking to death + no NHS for *anybody* for months + dead unburied + [economic] implosion.

“So we moved to Plan B: suppression and a ‘Manhattan Project’ for drugs/vaccines + test&trace etc.”

And now we hear that, because they did it in such a stupid, corrupt and cack-handed way, it’s estimated there have been around 210,000 “excess” deaths – deaths that should have been avoidable.

They fooled the nation back in March 2020 – and they’ve been fooling the nation ever since.

Are you going to let them fool you?

Source: Coronavirus: Patel denies No 10 pursued herd immunity policy – BBC News

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