tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable
Is there any bigger liar in British officialdom today than Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office, and effectively the number two man in Boris Johnson’s government. Yesterday he said that the hospitals in this country were 88% full, as though that was a bad and catastrophic thing. The government is using this ‘88% full’ number as an excuse to impose yet more lockdowns, without ever bothering the truth that this time last year the hospital bed occupancy rate stood at just about 95%. And that was long before the coronavirus was even thought of. Gove lies by using out of context partial truths. That’s pretty skillful, but being a skillful liar is no compliment.
Meanwhile Boris Johnson repeatedly fudges every number he talks about.
It is a bitter thing indeed to realise that the Prime Minister is a serial liar, but what can you expect from a serial adulterer? It seems that Boris is cherry-picking data and using’scaremongering’ tactics to justify lockdown rules, and it’s equally obvious that he doesn’t understand how to interpret National Health Service data. Mind you, nobody said that Boris was the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to numbers.
We are repeatedly told about the intolerable pressure on our health service, yet the huge ‘Nightingale’ emergency hospitals stand empty. Two-thirds of the private hospital beds commandeered by the government to give the NHS breathing room if their wards were overrun with coronavirus cases, went unused this summer. That cost the taxpayer around £400 million a month. Somebody is making a lot of money for nothing. Somebody is not telling the whole truth.
Even members of Boris’ own party tore into him in Parliament yesterday after he tried to defend his latest’ ‘lockdown by tiers’. So did the leader of the Labour Party, the official opposition, but Keir Starmer is also being disingenuous. No matter how much he criticises the government, he is not prepared to have his party vote against them in the House of Commons. Some of his colleagues are furious with him. Generally, nobody in politics is happy with anybody.
At the end of yesterday’s acrimonious debate a tearful Matt Hancock, the health secretary, referred to the death of his step grandfather from Covid in Liverpool last month. I wonder how many times Mr. Hancock has cried, and how many times he has lied?
Sadly, Boris Johnson is probably the worst Prime Minister in a crisis since Neville Chamberlain, the man who believed all of Adolf Hitler’s lies. And we know how that ended up.
more months of compulsory ‘face coverings’