Boris is back!
And everything will be great!
That was the emphatic message sent to the country today, when the Prime Minister returned to the daily press conference of the UK Government after weeks of absence, while he himself fought the deadly disease.
He was breathless, I assume from the remaining side effects of the virus.
But it could also have been excitement to deliver so much enormous positive news.
Boris Johnson participates in & # 39; e & # 39; Clap for our Carers & # 39; campaign in support of & # 39; e NHS of Britain on Thursday 10 Downing Street in central London
BOOM! We are on the brink of coronavirus and at & # 39; e & # 39; downward slope & # 39;!
BOOM! The first stage of our battle with COVID-19 has been a triumph, in order to avoid the tragedy that prevents other parts of & # 39; defeated the world & 500,000 people did not die!
BOOM! The disintegrating economy will & # 39; strongly bounce back & # 39;!
BOOM! This week there will be a & # 39; comprehensive road map & # 39; to be released to show how we will get out of a lockdown!
When Julie Andrews was full, Boris assured us that although it was more than through a huge alpine tunnel, to come, we will see sunlight and meadows will see!
Oh, and he wanted us to know & # 39; we throw everything on it, heart & soul, night & day & # 39;!
Wow, this all sounds fantastic.
It also sounded like full and utter bullsh * t.
Boris Johnson wholeheartedly donated to the NHS and urged Britons to & # 39; tonight & # 39; by going & # 39; then & # 39; he led his first Downing Street briefing since he got sick
A few weeks ago, I compared President Trump to Comical Ali, Saddam Hussein & # 39; s ridiculous & # 39; Minister of Information & # 39; in & # 39; war in Iraq, that & # 39; not that American & # 39; enter & # 39; themselves & # 39; killed in their hundreds & # 39; at the gates of Baghdad – so TV viewers could hear US weapons loudly destroy Iraqi troops in the background.
I don't think it would be possible for any world leader in this crisis to sound more insane than Trump, whose antics on his own daily introductions have become an unedifying masterclass in the way a pandemic is not treatable.
But Boris managed to make Trump almost believable, and his sycophantic loyalists on social media made up for it.
& # 39; That's our man! & # 39; They fired when & # 39; t Boris informed us in no unclear terms that we would get this virus, just like he did Brexit.
But the virus is not like Brexit.
It's not a political ideology that can't be open to debate, or an argument that can be won with buffoonery, bluster and Churchillian soundbites.
PIERS MORGAN: None of Boris Johnson's political skills that won him the December referendum and election works like they did before the virus struck
COVID-19 doesn't even know who Boris Johnson is, let alone care for his love for Cicero, the ability to speak fluent Latin, to make private life enthusiastic, or distrust in the European Union.
If Boris fans, the vast majority of them with unions jack flags and Brexit slogans in their profiles, spend the whole day abusing me on Twitter for challenging their hero's coronavirus strategy, then they do, for & # 39; t for them, any criticism by the government about this crisis is a re-run of the viciously poisonous and partisan Brexit campaign.
(Ironically, they all kept me then & # 39; I demanded that the result of the referendum be celebrated, despite myself still voting)
But Brexit has never looked more irrelevant to this war, not least around EU member states running for their own individual self-reliant heights the moment it started.
And none of Boris Johnson's political skills that won him the December referendum and election works as they did before the virus hit.
The reason for this was in one simple card that did not appear on the screen after he was done talking.
With the name & # 39; Global Death Comparison & # 39;, it appeared that the UK is now the trend to the second worst country in the world for coronavirus deaths.
This follows the massive peak of yesterday in our official death toll following the shameful security of the government's record of deaths outside hospitals in nursing homes and community.
The reported number of UK deaths is now 26,711.
The government's latest slides reveal the worldwide death toll
But Financial Times journalists have captured all available data from the Office of National Statistics and estimate the true total including all & # 39; excessive deaths & # 39; is now over 48,000.
Whatever the exact number, it is a wonderful and terrible one.
It means that a football stadium full of people has already died in this country, and people are still dying in their hundreds every day.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific officer, is on record, saying that a final death toll of 20,000 is a & # 39; good result & # 39; would have been.
That we are now in areas with poor results, and it will clearly be a very, very poor result.
The big question is why?
And the constantly demonstrable answer is that the UK's very strategy to fight this virus has been a failure from start to finish.
We were outrageously slow and suicidal in our reaction to the outbreak.
We were scandalously prepared, especially when it came to personal protective equipment for pounds for health workers and securing adequate coronavirus testing as soon as the severity of the crisis became clear.
We were scandalously late to order a lockdown.
We were scandalously complicated in sending infected elderly hospital patients back to nursing homes without testing them.
And we have been scandalously inconsistent in implementing policy U-turn to policy U-turn.
When I saw the briefing today, I saw a prime minister who does not know all this, but desperately trying to avoid any guilt or responsibility.
"I took great care!" He explained, which is great – if you are him.
But what about the terrible lack of care he has shown to the oldest and most vulnerable members of our society?
Thanks to the embarrassing failure to test patients before sending them back to the homes, the country's 11,000 nursing homes have become terrible hotbeds of infection and death, both for residents and health care workers.
People's Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier this week that nursing homes have always been a & # 39; start of this crisis & # 39; priority & # 39;
But this is demonstrable, in order for caregivers to testify.
A handful of ministers and officials today personally attended the cabinet, while others attended video conferences.
As late as mid-March, the government's advice was that there was little risk of infecting someone in a nursing home, which explains why they were so lax with PPE as tests for nursing homes.
Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, dismissed questions about our death toll by saying that we should wait until the very end before he is so judgmental. & # 39; Let's not go into who & # 39; s won & lost, & # 39; he said, & # 39; this epidemic has a long way to go. & # 39;
However, Boris Johnson had literally just said that we & # 39; re over the height & # 39 ;.
What is it, Professor?
And seen every move by & # 39; the government is apparently & # 39; driven by science & # 39 ;; Please forgive us if we do not insist at this time on some difficult questions about the scientific decisions that will lead us to have such a disastrous death toll.
Especially when "science" has changed so radically, so often.
We continued a policy of & # 39; link immunity & # 39; as confirmed by Sir Patrick Vallance, many weeks until our & # 39; experts & # 39; suddenly realized that it was a total disaster that would kill 500,000 people.
We haven't been to most countries for several weeks, in order to & # 39; the & # 39; experts & # 39; said we don't encourage crowds and crowds at events like the Cheltenham Festival and great football matches with fans from other places like Madrid who were, incredibly, IN LOCKDOWN THEMSELVES.
Then we have that enabled too, and now we can't even begin to lockdown because so many have died of the virus.
The same 'experts' told us on March 13 that we will no longer be testing outside serious hospital cases.
Then we did a U-turn on that and made mass testing a top priority – and have had to play catch-up ever since. Nevertheless, the advice of the & # 39; World Health Organization has taken months & # 39; TEST, TEST, TEST & # 39; west.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, pictured together on March 9, before the UK went into lockdown
Today is another U-turn: we are insured for weeks by the & # 39; experts & # 39 ;, there is no need to wear face masks. Indeed, Matt Hancock said just 48 hours ago that the evidence of the need to carry them was & # 39; weak & # 39 ;.
And unlike 90% of the world, we have refused to impose strict control or quarantine measures at our airports, to & # 39; t & # 39; science & # 39; said we don't need to, but are apparently planning to do it eventually.
Now, Boris Johnson said we should probably be asked to wear them, to & # 39; epidemiological & # 39; the reasons. That, science also changed on that.
All beggars question: why the hell should we continue to trust & # 39; experts & # 39; and their & # 39; science & # 39 ;?
Or our Prime Minister who does not seem to trust them?
I'm not saying this lightly, but to & # 39; t these & # 39; experts & # 39; have led us in a very different way to that of almost any other country in the world and the consequences have been catastrophic and undoubtedly costing many lives.
And because they still guide all our decisions.
Boris Johnson wants us to think he handled this crisis as well as expected.
But he didn't.
The WHO declared COVID-10 on January 30 a & # 39; public health emergency & # 39 ;, but Boris was distracted the next day by & # 39; Brexit done & # 39; available to give any proper attention.
He then spent much of February working with his girlfriend Carrie, sorting out his divorce, and preparing to announce her pregnancy and her engagement.
As a result, he missed the first five COBRA meetings on coronavirus, and after finally hosting on March 2, he informed us all that he had been in a hospital with coronavirus patients in it and & # 39; shook so many hands if possible. & # 39; This was four days after Italy recorded its 79th death and most of Northern Italy was in lockdown.
Not surprisingly, Boris went on to catch the virus and almost died, taking him another few weeks out of the war.
He was only rescued by the brilliance of & # 39; NHS personnel, of whom more than a hundred are now on & # 39; a front line died, because they were not well protected by the man who did not rescue them.
& # 39; I had wonderful care & # 39 ;, & # 39; he said today.
And that's great – for him.
But the cold hard truth is that Boris Johnson didn't care enough for this virus then & # 39; it really mattered, and that made Britain one of & # 39; the worst deaths of & # 39; created a world of coronavirus.
For him to claim any success now is a cruel offense.
The stats don't lie, especially if the stats are similar.
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