Would they have said “no” if Greater Manchester had a Conservative mayor?
That is the question that should be on everybody’s lips after Tory minister (and he’s as corrupt as they come) Robert Jenrick rejected GM mayor Andy Burnham’s call for “surge” vaccinations in his metropolitan area, where there has been a significant increase in Covid-19 cases.
Jenrick said: “We are going to stick with the advice we have received from the JCVI, our advisers, which say that it is better to continue to work down the age categories on a national basis, rather than adopt a regional or geographical approach.
“Their advice has served us well so far as a country, they have got the big calls right since the start of the vaccine rollout.”
In that case, why are Covid-19 cases on the increase in the UK yet again, boosted by the rise of a variant that probably would not have had nearly as large an effect if vaccination doses had been delivered on the timescale advised by the manufacturers?
For example, The Writer had the first Astrazeneca jab on April 4 and – according to the government – should receive the second dose between eight and 12 weeks later. I’m now in the middle of the 10th week since that injection and haven’t heard a whisper about a second inoculation.
Burnham’s call has won approval from the public:
Andy Burnham right to be calling for surge vaccination in areas where covid infections are rising worryingly fast @BBCr4today
— Barry Sheerman MP (@BarrySheerman) June 9, 2021
Andy Burnham, Major of GM, on the radio now, giving advice on vacine rollout in surge areas. Made more sense in a 10 minute interview then I've heard from Johnson's motley crew during the entire Covid period.
— wilks55#FBPE#ProEU#woke (@Malcolmjwilliam) June 9, 2021
And Jenrick’s dismissal of Burnham is being treated as political favouritism:
Robert Jenrick is asked to respond to mayor Andy Burnham’s call for surge vacinations “right now”.
“The government will not boost Greater Manchester’s vaccination supply” the communities secretary says.
I wonder if the answer would be the same if Manchester had a Tory Mayor?
— 🌹🌹Ex Labour “Tory Corruption, corrupts” (@pete3291) June 9, 2021
Others have suggested that the Tories simply don’t care about the North (ex-Red Wall Tory voters please take note).
In a rational society, when there is a pandemic infection with a vaccine available, inoculations would be concentrated in areas with increased cases of the disease.
But we don’t live in a rational society. We live in one that is run by Tories.
They do not understand or care about Covid-19 and its effects on the stock (which is what they call you).
They are simply going through the motions in order to appear to be acting competently.
And if they can use a fatal disease to reduce support for their main political rivals, then they are low enough to do that.
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