Feeling good about yourself because you’re double-vaccinated and the Tories have ended social distancing rules? How do you feel about this, then?
According to the media the pandemic is over. Unfortunately not for the 181 poor souls who died yesterday or the near 40k infected.
— RedJohnSocialist (@RedJohnBounds) October 13, 2021
I know what some of you will say: it’s still better than everywhere else because Boris Johnson and his crooks have done such a good job with the vaccine. Right?
Covid cases yesterday:
— Patrick Alexander 🏴 (@i_padawan) October 12, 2021
In a nutshell…
Today the UK had almost twice as many Covid cases as the combined total of the EU.
— Michael Nangle (@mnblueray) October 13, 2021
Here’s the reason:
UK has highest COVID rate in Western Europe – 40,000 new cases reported yesterday. Other countries performing better due to combo of vaccine uptake and social distancing. Not either/or but both. This should be our leading story today. Take the vaccine, wear masks, save lives.
— Adil Ray OBE (@adilray) October 13, 2021
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s someone who’s just back from abroad:
Just arrived this morning back in plague island after 2 1/2 months in France. 1st pee break maybe 1% of people wearing a mask OMFG… I’ve just read the uk had 40k infections yesterday. But the govt say it’s all over.
— john ross (@johnros36552303) October 13, 2021
The death toll since Johnson’s so-called Freedom Day (July 19) is appalling – and families of the deceased are being urged to take action:
Twelve thousand, six hundred and seventy-five Covid victims have died since the abandonment of all caution on "freedom day". May their souls rest in peace, and may their families rise in fury.
— Dominic Minghella (@DMinghella) October 13, 2021
A class-action civil lawsuit against the government is sorely needed—perhaps even criminal charges filed against politicians for gross negligence manslaughter.
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) October 13, 2021
And nearly as many more people are expected to die before Christmas – who would live if Johnson only saw sense and re-imposed life-saving restrictions. Ah, but he’s on his holibobs, isn’t he?
>10000 people have died of covid since 19 Jul when all restrictions were lifted. At current rates 8000+ will not live to celebrate xmas. At least half of them would not die if we retain some measures considered mild by most other countries.
As a country we just don't care.
— KK Cheng (@KKCheng4) October 13, 2021
Among the dead are NHS nurses like this one, meaning the number of people qualified to help fight Covid-19 is decreasing.
NHS nurse who 'always put patients first' dies of Covid-19 after working on wards – Mirror Online https://t.co/K6javXJSjG
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) October 14, 2021
Meanwhile the media are feeding is misinformation. Consider the BBC’s claims that the vaccination programme is good reason to excuse the government for the tens of thousands of deaths it caused at the start of the pandemic crisis:
BBC News says the success of the vaccination programme has redeemed the faults made earlier in the pandemic. Don’t agree, and it’s a total insult to everyone who has died, their families and friends
— Annrj#3.5%#FBPE#Wearamask#NeverEmbracingBrexit (@AnnJarvis13) October 12, 2021
It is reckoned that 20,000 people died because of mistakes made in the first few weeks of the crisis. That’s as many as are expected to have died between July 19 and December 25, after Johnson’s Freedom Day stunt.
Oh, and then there’s this:
Apparently, 75% of covid patients in hospital, have been double jabbed ?
— Pete Davies (@PeteDavies7) October 13, 2021
Yes. Why are the deaths 6x higher *with* the jabs than they were last year without them? Anyone? https://t.co/LOlJTInxQX
— Rhiannon of Palestine 🏴 🇵🇸 (@rhiannon_arian) October 14, 2021
And still the Tory apologists leap forward to excuse them. Jolyon Rubinstein is (almost) right on the button with his comment below (one Tory has stepped forward to apologise – although he’s nobody important):
Just take this in. The worst public health response EVER in U.K. history. Not ONE apology from a Minister. NO responsibility taken. NO resignations. PM on HOLIDAY. 130k dead. 20k zoom funerals. This is England.
— Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) October 12, 2021
Along came Ryan (below) to let the Tories off the hook with a lot of twaddle.
Blame game gets us nowhere
It’s not like there’s a play book or an instruction manual for this type of event it was play it by ear, listen to expert advice and take action accordingly.
This was not inflicted on us by the government (as far as we know) it’s a natural disaster
— Ryan (@RYANK_TODAY) October 12, 2021
If the blame game gets us nowhere, why is Health Secretary Sajid Javid preparing to blame GPs for failing to hold enough face-to-face appointments with patients, after creating a funding scheme that doesn’t help?
Not only that, but we know that the government didn’t pay attention to expert advice and take action accordingly.
Covid-19 is indeed (partially) a natural disaster, but it is one that has been made much worse by Boris Johnson and his cronies.
The situation is crystallised by the hypocrisy of the “He’s doing his best” narrative about Boris Johnson:
This week 250 children in England will be hospitalised with Covid. 2 or 3 will die. A thousand adults will die. Meanwhile, our PM is "doing the best he can". pic.twitter.com/qKGvisZ8g2
— Dominic Minghella (@DMinghella) October 13, 2021
Yes, he’s “doing his best” by pretending to be Picasso in some paradise villa. Meanwhile:
Can anyone explain why as a Dr I can 'do my best' but make 1 fatal mistake; be sued & possibly lose my career but a PM can make a series of culpable errors costing 1,000s their lives and folk go 'Oh bless, he needs a holiday'?
— David Shepherd 💙 (@davesheph) October 13, 2021
I am angry that even in the face of a damming report the media states ‘Boris was doing his best’. On 19.03.2020 he said “I am confident we can send Covid packing and turn the tide of the outbreak in 12 weeks.” We now have one of the highest death rates in the world. His best?
— Paul Delaney (@coaimpaul) October 13, 2021
Of course we know why Johnson took his holiday this week. It was to avoid having to answer the damning report on the government’s response to Covid-19 that became public this week.
He left that to his ministers, including a Health Secretary who hasn’t even bothered to read it…
The health secretary said: ”I actually haven’t had the opportunity to study every word of the report." https://t.co/wzEGIp5pdI
— HuffPost UK Politics (@HuffPostUKPol) October 14, 2021
… and a former Health Secretary who lied to us that one of the countries that has performed best in handling the pandemic is now doing worse than the UK. It isn’t. New Zealand is much, much healthier than we are:
Jeremy Hunt has twice said that New Zealand is now doing worse than the UK on Covid. Here are the stats for New Zealand since the start of the pandemic:
Total cases in New Zealand: 4,704
Total Covid deaths in New Zealand: 28#r4today #FactCheck
— Briefcase Michael (@BriefcaseMike) October 12, 2021
Now get ready for the really bad news:
We are about to experience a winter in the NHS where a lot of chickens will come home to roost.
Nursing shortages. Bed shortages. Collapse of community nursing services. Care home crisis. GP shortages.
— Shaun Lintern (@ShaunLintern) October 14, 2021
The situation in the UK is about to get much, much worse. And that will happen because your Tory government couldn’t be bothered to prevent it, and because its complacent, client news media couldn’t be bothered to warn you.
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