The days when we were “all in it together” in the so-called fight against COVID-19 are long over. Our feeble apology of a lockdown was crumbling some time before Boris Johnson’s boss Dominic Cummings showed that some were more in it together than others. And the feeling of national unity, the need to get behind the government, regardless of individual political affiliation during a national crisis, has evaporated. Here’s why.
The UK’s death toll currently stands at 38161. This is believed to be a significant underestimate, with many experts putting the figure nearer 60000. Either way, our government’s handling of the crisis has been abysmal. It shames our nation.
It’s generally acknowledged now that Johnson was asleep at the wheel when the virus was coming down the tracks to Britain at a rapid rate of knots. HIs complacency ensured a belated and half-hearted lockdown, followed by a complete absence of testing, shortages of PPEs, along with confused messaging on an industrial scale. I kept reading “Boris is doing his best”, which, in retrospect, he probably was. However, the pandemic has shown, beyond reasonable doubt, that Johnson the comedian, the after dinner speaker, the TV show host and serial liar was hopelessly out of his depth as prime minister.
Compared to our death toll of 38161, Greece has had 165 deaths. Like many other countries, they went hard and fast into lockdown and the results are there for all to see. Whilst we mourn the deaths of everyone who suffered and died in Greece, their government has done a wonderful job. The tragic death toll in NHS staff and carers alone vastly exceeds Greece’s overall total. When we acknowledge the success of our Greek friends, we must not allow Johnson and his government to get away with the catastrophe they have visited upon us.
In the last week or so, Johnson has fought a rearguard action to save his most trusted ally, the odious, arrogant disruptor and wrecker Dominic Cummings, when he drove a coach and horses through the rules he had been a part of forming, ignoring the soundbites he himself had come up with. What a shame, then, that Johnson did not fight quite so hard for NHS staff and carers, or indeed the many of thousands of senior citizens who were sent back to die in care homes where COVID-19 was running riot. What a shame Johnson had no empathy for or sympathy with those who had sacrificed so much, not least those who saw loved ones die alone in hospitals and care homes, unable to say goodbye and not being able to attend their subsequent funerals.
Of course, we still need to “do our bit” to stop being getting infected. Speaking personally, I will now do what I feel is right as best I can for my family and friends to keep them safe. I was willing to give Johnson my support, particularly during the peak of the epidemic when my family was among those who lost loved ones. No more. I suspect history will not look back kindly at Johnson and Cummings. And I do not believe either of them should be in Downing Street. They should be in prison.