- Opened everything up too soon
- Didn’t have a September circuit break as scientists and medics were urging
- Left borders open, allowing millions of people to enter the UK from all over the world, with not so much as a question asked, never mind a test given
- Left businesses inadequately supported
- Did not support vast numbers of workers
- Told isolating workers that they would not get paid unless they were on benefits
- Locked down too late in 2021, as they have always locked down too slowly in the past
- Enabled a free for all over Christmas
And so much more. When I hear politicians blaming the people for COVID-19, comments that are then cut and pasted on social networks by the hard of thinking, I can see what their game is. They know they have fucked up on an industrial scale and are trying to escape responsibility.
Yes, some people are breaking the rules. They probably learned how to do it by watching Johnson’s former mate Dominic Cummings break the rules with his COVID holiday to Durham and then being praised for ministers for so doing.
More of are have been told to work this time around rather than be furloughed, despite the stronger virulence of the COVID variant. More shops are open and takeaways are doing, well, takeaways. More children are at school and nurseries are still open. This is not ordinary folk bending the rules: this is the government making the rules and us following them.
Most of us would welcome being locked down, provided we were financially compensated for so doing. I don’t want to be out and about, risking my life and the lives of others. But I have no say in the matter. And that stems from the top of the shop: Boris Johnson.
So don’t give us this “false confidence, false complacency” bollocks, Bozo. It’s what you do, it’s who you are. And the mess we are in is mainly down to you.