Yesterday, the Observer had bad news in advance of the return to Downing Street of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson: a new poll showed that public confidence in the Government’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic had slipped during the past fortnight. Worse, the numbers on testing were grim.in telling readers “The public’s confidence in the government’s ability to handle the coronavirus crisis has fallen sharply in the past fortnight, with less than half of voters now having faith in decisions made by ministers, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer”. How about some detail, then?
“A particularly low proportion of people (15%) believe the government is handling the key issue of testing well (down from 22% two weeks ago). Some 57% disapprove of the way testing has been handled, up from 48% on 7 April”. Not good.
On top of that, a majority of respondents considered that the UK had handled the situation less well than France, and a lot less well than Australia, South Korea and especially Germany. The article’s headline, “Public trust plummets in Britain's handling of pandemic, new poll reveals”, was wholly justified. Downing Street was not best pleased.
The right to free dissenting speech, however, was apparently lost on chief Downing Street polecat Dominic Cummings and his pals, as Helm revealed “Downing Street trying to get us to say trust in government not declining and to rewrite this story with new headline. Request refused. We are not edited by Downing Street”. And there was more.
The difference between then and now is that back then, Cummings was just another SpAd. Now, he’s effectively running the Government, the real power behind the flabby and overweight frame of Bozo The Clown. And, it seems, that transformation has gone to the chief polecat’s head and turned him into a new version of The Great Dictator.
Except, of course, Chaplin was funny. And Cummings is not.