Wednesday, December 8

Boris Johnson’s ‘Freedom Day’ Isolation Tells Us The Virus Is Everywhere | Polly toynbee

HHow was “freedom day” for you? At the stroke of midnight, a photogenic few jumped onto the dance floor and raved until the wee hours of the morning; But the NHS, welfare, schools, supermarkets, carriers, hospitality and transportation sectors roared and raged with incomprehension at the chaos and hypocrisy unleashed by our leaders. Not even Boris Johnson’s Houdini magic can stop these U-turns, dishonesties, and panics from turning their second anniversary at No. 10 to its turning point on Black Monday.

The prime minister’s glory day was a great disappointment. He had planned an event to declare his own VE Day – virus victory – “summoning the spirit of Churchill with appropriately poignant rhetoric” at “a historic location associated with the leader of the war,” according to a government source. In a rare wise move, Downing Street quietly I cancel it.

His advisers panicked over the skyrocketing Covid cases, which are projected to rise to 100,000 or even 200,000 a day, the third worst level in the world. What political idiocy, that the prime minister and the chancellor thought they could sneak out of self-isolation in a nonexistent VIP “pilot plan,” the same one that Michael Gove had invoked to avoid quarantine after taking his son to the Champions League final in Portugal. Too late, Downing Street announced that No. 10 and the Cabinet Office had withdrawn from this “pilot”, refusing to publish its results.

Leadership in this time of plague has been absent, so it is no wonder Prince Charles brags that he would not wear a mask while breathing and singing in Exeter Cathedral today, with the Daily Mail. adding that “it is known that the Duchess of Cornwall does not like to wear a mask.” Well yes: masks are a minor annoyance, they sting, muffle, congest. But in this antisocial defiance, royalty is deliberately allied with a delusional right wing that wears the harmless mask as a symbol of tyranny.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Congressman Graham Brady, declared in a Sunday newspaper: “I believe that the true purpose of the masks is social control.” The public, he swore, had taken hold of the “Stockholm syndrome,” and the government used “fear to manipulate the population of a free democratic country.” “How far has a proud nation allowed itself to fall!”

There is no space here to discuss how “freedom” has been stolen and perverted by the right wing, but what impressive frivolity it is to refuse to wear masks that can reduce transmission by 25%. Now prepare to see the public’s frustration and friction from boastful macho men and defiant anti-vaccines who refuse to wear masks, putting other passengers and shoppers at risk. Churchillian Johnson could have said, “Never in the field of human viruses has there been so much infection from an irresponsible few.” Polls this week have once again shown that the public understands the precautionary principle better than its leader.

“The warning light on the NHS dashboard is not flashing amber, it is flashing red,” said health committee chair Jeremy Hunt. He said the program Today on Saturday. There’s no better red flag than the new double-prick health secretary who immediately hires Covid, with prolonged Covid effects unknowable, risking its spread through a nursing home she visited and pinging half the cabinet after close contact with them. That’s the story: The virus is everywhere, it induces disease, and it remains deadly to VIPs and little people alike.

“Please, please, be careful,” Boris Johnson urged in a 180-degree turn, but that’s not what he practices much. Its “irreversible” promise has faded because, here and now, disaster has already hit an exhausted NHS again.

But in order not to spoil the day of freedom, the public was not supposed to know. The health service journal reports that three NHS CEOs have been banned from speaking to the media about the “unsustainable pressure” their hospitals face, and banned from commenting on the recklessness of removing their masks, social distancing and assembly limits indoor. They confirmed that the WhatsApp group of NHS bosses has “quite a few angry people” commenting on the leaders’ failure to point out the current danger. “There is a feeling that we are expected [by government] to pretend it’s all over. “

Silencing the NHS is absurd and it never works. Some undaunted souls will always speak up, especially seasoned seniors like Nick Hulme, a highly respected problem solver, now CEO of the East Suffolk and North Essex Trust. “We break all previous A&E records every day,” and not in a good way, he tells me. Covid cases are filling beds. “This remains a major crisis and we expect a third more cases for the rest of this year as the rules relax.”

What Hulme calls the “Covid hangover” is bringing in between 16 and 20 seriously ill people each day whose cases were missed, such as “stage 3 and stage 4 cancers, which have a much worse prognosis,” who need prompt care. and complex. Sending scrubbed doctors to plead with ER patients and patients to go see their GP doesn’t necessarily work – they don’t go if they can’t get a GP appointment.

“The test-and-trace debacle has caused a crisis,” he says. It has lost 32 employees who were pinged by the NHS Covid app and told to isolate themselves for 10 days. “Two senior consultants pinged for 10 days means we have missed 200 outpatient appointments and 200 operations, leaving an entire team redundant.” A great relief to him is today’s announcement exempting pinged healthcare and medical personnel from quarantine. But the unions are up in arms, defending the NHS soldiers on the front lines taking the Covid bullets. Your salary review reward, possibly announced this week, may be just a percentage point or two above the government’s offer below 1% inflation.

It’s no wonder the number 10 has tried to silence the voices of the NHS. Hulme’s waiting list is the highest since the records began: “and we’re doing well,” he says. In 2010, the NHS had virtually no one waiting more than 18 weeks; Hulme now has 4,500 patients waiting more than 52 weeks. The government has also quietly withdrawn the 18-week measure from its NHS bill. The national list had grown to 4.5 million people before the arrival of Covid, sparked by a decade of NHS austerity when per capita funding fell – now Sajid Javid is warning that waiting lists can reach 13 million.

New cases among vaccinated people are expected to exceed cases among unvaccinated people within days, according to the non-profit study group ZOE Covid. Those who have been vaccinated may be less likely to die, but why the complacency about the increase in prolonged Covid cases? Boris Johnson’s “Do What I Say, Not What I Do” Freedom Day will not be remembered for Churchill’s remarks, but for silly boasting, toxic policies, and dire misjudgments in health policy.

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