Also in the news: on the eve of the Tory conference, the product of their idiocy

Frustration: will the consequences of Boris Johnson’s many failures catch up with him at this year’s Tory conference?

The Conservative conference starts in Manchester on October 3 – just as we’re all seeing the consequences of their misbehaviour in government.

Let’s have a look at how some of those consequences have hit the headlines:

The government’s furlough scheme has ended

The scheme triggered a fall in wages when it was phased in, between April and June 2020 – and that’s why Boris Johnson was able to talk about a huge increase in the same months this year, as vaccinations meant people were going back to work.

Now it has ended, there is likely to be a huge mismatch between the skills people have and those employers need, meaning an expected fall in employment for an unknown length of time running into the future.

Energy prices are rising by 12 per cent in the UK while other countries subsidise the cost

That’s right – with the Universal Credit ‘uplift’ of £20 per week axed, plunging millions into poverty; with National Insurance rising; with the furlough scheme ending, meaning insecurity for millions more – a shortage of imported gas (from Russia, if I recall correctly) means much of the UK will be struggling to stay warm over the winter.

It’s the usual story of Tory government, with people again being forced to choose between heating and eating.

Meanwhile, what’s happening in other affected countries?

The UK’s Covid-19 infection rate is among the worst in the world

Tory policies mean the UK’s Covid-19 infection rate is the highest in western Europe – by far – and only exceeded by 13 other countries in the world.

The UK is also out-infecting the US, Canada, and former Covid hotspots like India and Brazil.

Between the week ending September 15 and that ending September 22, UK infections rose by 18 per cent, with 191,771 positive tests.

Weekday infection rates are around 35,000 per day, with around 150 deaths. This is more than the average at which we were told Boris Johnson was likely to re-implement restrictions or another lockdown (1,000 deaths per week).

Locktober, anybody?

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2 thoughts on “Also in the news: on the eve of the Tory conference, the product of their idiocy

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Ha ha! But it has been co-opted.

      I first heard of Locktober in the context in which I mention it here – as a blend of “lockdown” and “October”.

      The meaning you mention is for other readers to discover for themselves!

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