Emotional phone-in caller clarifies why nobody in Covid inquiry deserves privacy

“They smirked”: Boris Johnson grinned inanely and bobbed about on his bench while MPs attacked his contempt for the rules and denials of guilt, back in January 2022.

You probably know the argument already: the Cabinet Office reckons that, even after Boris Johnson waived his own right to privacy over the contents of his WhatsApp messages, diaries and notebooks, they should be redacted to protect other members of the government before being handed over to the Covid inquiry.

A caller to the BBC’s Any Answers has a very strong opposing argument, which I provide here. Be warned: it is not easy to listen to this and may trigger a strong emotional reaction.

I think her point is very good, augmented as it by the emotion with which she made it.

Considering those circumstances – and this lady’s family were not the only people to suffer such experiences while Johnson and other members of his government partied, including civil servants and ministers – what right should any of them have to privacy?

Let them all go under the public spotlight. If any of them are exonerated by it, then the exposure will be to their credit.

As for the others… people died and their relatives suffered terribly while they raved it up. Even the late Queen had to grieve alone after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April 2021.

You don’t forget something like that. You don’t forget the insult and injury your government does to you by stopping you from attending relatives, or friends, who are at the brink of death while they party so hard they end up vomiting over the walls of Downing Street, as has been recounted previously.

If it happens to you, you want justice. And you know you won’t get it with a veil of “privacy” drawn around the proceedings of the Covid inquiry.

I look forward to hearing how the Cabinet Office responds to the outrage of the public.


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6 thoughts on “Emotional phone-in caller clarifies why nobody in Covid inquiry deserves privacy

  1. Lynda Weetman

    I listened to it live earlier today and sobbed for the lady and her family. Just because some of us got off lightly does in no way excuse our elected representatives of their guilt.

  2. flttymartyn

    Nobody will be arrested, nobody will be convicted, nobody will face jail time for lying, for thieving, for corruption, or for social murder…It will be a total farce, and another waste of taxpayers money….

  3. Hecuba

    The boys within Cabinet Office are tone deaf so they won’t accept this poor woman’s evidence. Not forgetting the cruel and callous fascist tories have never cared one iota about us peasants. We are all disposable and the only ones worthy are those fascist tory donors and of course the powerful corrupt rotten fascist tory MPs!

    The vile fascist tory boys won’t be prosecuted and they won’t be shamed because ‘they must have their privacy protected!’

    1. flttymartyn

      The tory criminal Cartel are all guilty…..everything concerning Covid, including all the lies, theft, fraud and corruption surounding covid…including handing money over to their cronies for Defective PPE, and social murder committed by the tories and their cronies.

  4. Julia

    Thank you Mike for posting this unutterably sad piece. My heart goes out to this couple, bad enough for it to have happened but then as the lady says to watch Johnson and his equally vile government and colleagues lying through their teeth and smirking. I haven’t seen it anywhere else, but will do my best to circulate to as many people as possible.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Thanks – with the social media platforms like Facebook restricting the number of people who get to see article links, viral sharing (and subscriptions) really are the only way to get to the public at the moment.

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