Because in the case of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, we have an occupant of 10 Downing Street who is more concerned about placating the reality-denying wackos of his own party, the so-called Covid Recovery Group, named because its activities are highly likely to hold back and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, Bozo has, as so often, prioritised the survival in office of Himself Personally Now above the medics who saved his not inconsiderable bacon. So, faced with skyrocketing numbers of Covid infections, steep increases in the number of hospital admissions, and the erratic but upward trend in deaths data, he threw the NHS under the bus and once more hid behind another of his catchy Three Word Slogans.
This time, it wasn’t Get Brexit Done, or even Flatten The Curve. He knew that there was a huge wave of infections under way as the Omicron variant swept the UK, but also knew that the easy way out was to do nothing and so placate the libertarian hatstand brigade on his own back benches. He would do nothing. Everyone else had to Ride The Wave.
So it was that the obedient Murdoch doggies at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun, or more specifically the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole, still maintaining the pretence that he is a real journalist, have today told readers “WE CAN RIDE THE WAVE … PM vows to get through Omicron … No new curbs or school closures”. And, two things here.
Brutus Moriartus, this Cole is a bit of a crawler
One, it is not Bozo who has to “get through Omicron”. It is the entire NHS, the entire transport system, the entire retail sector, and other entire sectors. And Two, once again we have a media class failing to competently interrogate its sources, or even hinting that someone at the top of Government should be taking responsibility for the mess.
Because mess is what it is: Bozo blusters “The NHS is under huge pressure … I won’t provide a definition of what being overwhelmed would constitute because I think that different trusts and different places, at different moments, will feel at least temporarily overwhelmed” and then shrugs his shoulders and adds “I just think we have to get through it as best as we possibly can”. Just so he can hold his Brexiteer Death Cult party together.
As the Guardian has put it, “Medics and scientists have been pressing Johnson for weeks to bring in restrictions beyond the advice for people to work from home and requirement for masks in shops and on public transport … But the prime minister would find it very difficult to get support for further measures in England from Tory backbenchers”.
Meanwhile, the BMA’s chair of council has put it directly: “The facts, figures and the living reality for thousands of patients and NHS staff daily demonstrate undoubtedly that the NHS is currently already overwhelmed”. But the Tory Party comes first for Bozo.
And the Tory Party couldn’t give a crap about the public. No change there, then.
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