Unrobing the Emperors and other matters of concern. An author's blog - begun in January 2016 - revealing political deception in the UK - paving The Road to Corbyn (2016, Matador), my updating of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Featuring the story of the writing and research for The Remarkable Life of Jago Stone (2020, Unicorn) with readers' reactions. Also updates on my work in progress: Dying To Know.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
A VICTOR MELDREW MOMENT - I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT
I've copied the text below from the Mirror Politics Online yesterday - Tuesday 5 May 2020. I fear the opinion poll is probably pretty accurate; it hurts to say so. How can 61% of my fellow citizens think the Government is handling this existential crisis well? And still almost a half of those surveyed trust Johnson to lead the country through this outbreak. This so recently elected PM of the UK is a bad and sad scalliwag, not as mad as Trump but more cunning. He is the epitome of deception. See my previous blogposts since December - and before - and my series for May awaiting publication.
Would you give this man control over your life?
Mirror Politics Online - 05/05/2020 "An opinion poll at the weekend showed the public is as capable as politicians at sending out contradictory messages.
A clear majority (67%) thought the Government had been badly prepared for the coronavirus and had been too slow to implement the lockdown (62%).
But an equally clear majority (61%) thought the Government was handling the crisis well and had more trust in Boris Johnson (48%) than Keir Starmer (19%) to lead the country through the outbreak.
There will be all sorts of reasons for why the Conservatives are riding high in the polls including the personal sympathy for Johnson, the hangover of the Corbyn years and the tendency for voters to rally round the flag at times of crisis and support the government of the day regardless of its political colours." And so to today - what next from 'our trusted leader'? Johnson boasted of being ready to keep UK open for business - and his slowness to lock-down is expected to cost 60,000 needless deaths in the pandemic. UK's real death toll is already over 60,000
(Skwawkbox: 6 May 2020)
Don't panic, the man said, three months ago
Three months ago, in early February, Boris Johnson made a speech in which he derided public 'panic' over the coronavirus pandemic and pledged to keep the UK open for business, boasting that the UK government would lead the world in making 'the case for freedom of exchange'.
Check out an earlier post of mine for the full figures.
This appalling reality puts the UK on double the number of deaths of places like Italy and Spain - even more inexcusable when our government had weeks longer to prepare and chose not to, choosing instead to ignore the World Health Organisation's advice to test, trace and isolate from the very beginning.