'Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men'
Angry men and women.
I feel angry right now. So angry. And this is an anger that demands justice.
|Les Miserables - The Song of Angry Men.|
We have been murderously misgoverned by buffoons who have put the pursuit of wealth before health.
Scores of thousands of lives will have been lost in this Covid-19 pandemic due to the incompetence and inane ideologies of morally bankrupt politicians whose election left them holding the power of life and death over us.
|The Lyrics - The Song of Angry Men|
These buffoons must face the legal consequences. Administrative malfeasance is one possible charge; so too is corporate manslaughter.
The words of The Secret Medic in the 'i' newspaper today are apposite:
'By all accounts, it looks as if the UK is heading for one of the worst death rates in the world ... no one should be hindered from engaging in objective scrutiny of government policy. In a
democracy, politicians are elected on the fundamental proviso that they can and will be held to account ... Decisions and policies must be meticulously analysed with no stone left unturned. This is not about apportioning blame for blame's sake ... unfortunately, this is unlikely to be the last global pandemic we experience in our lifetimes.'
We need to understand. We need to make sure the mistakes are never repeated. We need justice for the sake of all those who have died needlessly.
Johnson's slowness to accept the inevitable has set UK on a path to huge avoidable tragedy
(Skwawkbox: Sunday 19 April 2020)
|A mass grave for US coronavirus victims|
- ignoring World Health Organisation recommendations on testing, tracing and isolating infected people
- failing to provide protective equipment to NHS staff in spite of abundant availability among UK firms being ignored by the government
- sending back infected elderly patients to care homes and
- the continued arrival of untested air passengers from coronavirus hotspots
Applying the estimated parameter values and assigning hospitalised cases on 28 February as 10 severe, 4 critical, and 5 recovered, the constrained Maximum Likelihood estimates for that date are 1627 infected and 532 mild (see Methods) and the predictions give a reasonable approximation to deaths in the period to 23 March.
|The price of delay|
Figure 2 shows the results of a model run with these initial conditions, and a lockdown assumed to reduce [transmission factors] to 20% of its estimate throughout a 12 week period 24 March – 16 June. Severe cases rise throughout the lockout, reaching nearly 63,000 by the end. Likewise critical cases rise throughout, reaching nearly 37,000, and total deaths exceed 81,000....These results are very sensitive to the starting date of the lockdown. If the 20% lockdown began one week earlier, on 17 March, cases and deaths would still rise throughout the 12 weeks but the totals on 9 June would be around 16,500 severe and around 9,250 critical cases, and 18,500 deaths.
For a 10% lockdown beginning on 17 March, severe cases peak on 26 March at under 5,900 whilst critical cases peak on 5 April at 2,800 and total deaths by 9 June are 5,200.
|Sir Simon McDonald on the left; Matt Hancock on the right.|
|A leader par excellence|