Boris Johnson reckons the cost of saving up to 50,000 lives a year from Covid-19 is too high, according to leaked information from Downing Street.
It seems he would rather put you all back to work, slaving to keep the economy generating money for him and his Tory Party donors while the bodies pile high – remember what he (allegedly) said last autumn?
And if you die – so what? You’re not him so he doesn’t care.
"the cost of keeping the annual death rate below 50,000 would outweigh the cost to the UK economy of allowing it to rise above this level" – so the lives themselves are actually worth NOTHING beyond what they bring to the economy.https://t.co/xg8oOaPpN9
— Prof Alice Roberts💙 (@theAliceRoberts) August 27, 2021
Apparently the threshold at which he’ll start to consider re-imposing measures to restrict the spread of the virus is 50,000 lives a year. That’s more than 1,000 a week or around 137 every day.
The Prime Minister is minded to implement another lockdown or new restrictions only if the figure of annual deaths looks like it’s going to go above 50,000. That means deaths from Covid of 137 a day, or just under 1,000 a week.
It’s the equivalent of three or four major aeroplane crashes every week – but they would make news headlines and these deaths probably won’t.
So are we just OK with over 2000 people dying of covid every month?
— Dr. Melanie Crofts (she/her) 🇩🇪 🇪🇺 (@melaniecrofts) August 27, 2021
And here’s a funny thing. 137 deaths per day? We’re already very close to that – and the schools in England haven’t reopened for the autumn term yet.
Last 7 days 785 Covid deaths (and those are just the ones that fit into the Government's criteria) Jesus wept in Heaven & our PM could still stop the spread by making mask wearing mandatory everywhere! But it's reducing the Social Care Bill so why would he? Dead ppl don't CLAIM! pic.twitter.com/ydu4c7sWyl
— ♿️🇵🇸💙⬛🔸🏳️🌈🕸️⚫️MaiaB (@MaiaBug2010) August 29, 2021
Ah, but it seems the level of deaths would have to be sustained for two or three weeks…
“A sustained rate of death of around a 1,000 a week for two or three weeks will, though, lead to discussion on restrictions being reimposed. Unfortunately, prime ministers have to weigh up the cost of saving lives to the impact on the economy. No one wants to talk about that’s how it works.”
… and at the moment the media are all far too busy pointing our attention towards disasters in other countries to bother reminding us of the disaster that Boris Johnson is planning to inflict on us right here in the UK.
756 people have died with COVID19 in the last week in the UK. But our media obsess with lockdowns in Australia and New Zealand. They appear to love the images from Kabul airport but seem bored with British people dying. Real journalism is dead pic.twitter.com/8azGRUy3uu
— Kevin Pascoe #PoliticsOfFairness (@KevinPascoe) August 28, 2021
This Writer reckons we’ll hit Johnson’s threshold for new restrictions by the third or fourth week in September.
But I’m willing to bet he’ll do nothing about it, even then.
I’ll be happy to be mistaken. But I don’t think I am.