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.
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
IT JUST GOES FROM BAD TO WORSE - UK GOVERNMENT IN 2020 - AN UPDATE
IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE SUCH INCOMPETENCE IN GOVERNMENT IS POSSIBLE - BUT THIS IS THE UK IN 2020.
'Dept of Health and Social Care blames old version of Excel for it missing thousands of positive coronavirus cases - and their contacts
The error meant that around 16,000 infections were missed - and that none of the contacts of those infected were traced and warned about their possible exposure. Even assuming only ten contacts per missed infection, that's around 160,000 people - and with their contacts, millions are at risk of unknowing exposure, in the midst of an exponentially-growing pandemic:
All because the Tories tried to operate an absolutely critical function via uploads to a spreadsheet - and didn't even bother to make sure the spreadsheet software was up to
Boris Johnson has already caused tens of thousands of needless deaths because of his arrogance and mishandling of the pandemic. Now Johnson and his cronies are endangering further huge numbers by their constant arrogance, recklessness and shoddy failure to prepare.
These people should be in jail, not in government.'
And where are the protests from opposition parties as we watch the fiasco of the return to schools and universities botched?
Whilst New York and Moscow begin closing schools, the UK stubbornly avoiding the obvious as Covid-19 transmission rates soar
Among the places willing to respond to the undeniable
are New York City, which is closing schools in the Brooklyn and Queens
districts, and Moscow. Italy is expected to follow suit imminently, with 900
school outbreaks driving its second wave - high, but a fraction of the number
in the UK.
The Tories are stubbornly avoiding the obvious and are
determined to make re-closing schools the absolute last resort, in spite of the
central role schools are known to be playing in driving the new spike. They are
doing so with the full cooperation of the Starmer front bench - and have even been pressured by demands from the Labour