Let’s try and cut through the crap here on a beautiful Monday morning. Prime minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital. We are told his stay is ‘precautionary” and that he is still running the country. Well, the spin doctors would say that, wouldn’t they? And they’d probably be right to. There’s enough panic around the country as it is.
‘Enough panic’ doesn’t mean everyone is panicking. A small minority of people are stock-piling toilet paper and setting fire to 5G masts, the latter because some lunatic has come up with a bonkers conspiracy theory that they somehow cause Cocid-19, but most of us stick to the facts, no matter how inconvenient they might seem.
We don’t know for sure that Johnson has really been taken to hospital as a ‘precaution’. And then we don’t know that he hasn’t. But given the state of hospitals up and down the land, you’d think no one would be admitted simply to carry out a few tests. Even then, it’s more complicated than that.
Whether you like Johnson or hate him – and let’s put it this way, I don’t like Johnson – he is, for better or worse, prime minister, leading the party that won the December general election. Whether we agree with what he is doing politically is neither here nor there because that’s how democracy works. And under our system Johnson’s government will be in power until 2024. So we might as well all wish him well.
The question of special treatment has been raised by some. How many of us would be taken to hospital for mere ‘precautions’ given the crowded state of A&E departments and general wards? I don’t know the answer to that but in the circumstances, I wouldn’t have a problem if Johnson was getting preferential treatment. Whilst we are all in it together, he is the prime minister and he is running the country.
Anyway, it’s not just about Johnson. His partner is pregnant, he has a large family who love and care for him and, dotted around the world, are as many as 12 children who he has sired through multiple partners. I hope he gets better and comes out of this a changed person, a sincere man who sacrifices vanity and personal ambition for public service. After all, we are constantly being told Covid-19 will change everything. If it changes Johnson, at least something positive will come out of it.