In April 2020, the UK Government emotionally blackmailed the public into going easy on Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister had grossly mishandled the early weeks of the Coronavirus pandemic. This included him skipping five COBRA meetings to arrange the national response, and casually shaking hands with early patients.
Johnson gets infected
Johnson was starting to look even more of an imbecile than he usually wishes to. People were getting angry with his bungling. Then, after a few weeks, he made it public that he had contracted the virus. He started broadcasting public statements from where he was isolating while his forehead was damp with apparent ‘sweat.’
Now, if we are being honest, we can probably all admit to being skeptical about this at the time. It was all a bit too well timed for Johnson. He won new sympathy when facing a lot of public annoyance. But common decency led most people not to push conspiracy theories about it. Just in case it was real.
The recent discoveries about Conservatives and Government officials partying and ignoring lockdown rules for much of last year could change that though. It is likely that Johnson was spinning his infection. He might well have had the SARS-Cov2 virus. But it seems implausible that he had the Covid-19 fever the virus causes, and which is the lethal part.
The reason for renewed doubt is that among the revelations about Tory “lockdown parties,” one was understood to have happened on 15th May 2020. A photograph of the gathering appeared in the Guardian.
This was less than three weeks after Johnson was supposedly recovering from being “close-to-death”. The Government has denied that the photographed gathering was a party, insisting it was a work meeting. Whatever we think of that, what was inescapable was that Johnson was in the picture with his new wife, Carrie Symonds. Neither of them was wearing a facemask, which in itself seems incredible given how recently Johnson was supposedly ill. But also, just the fact that he is present at any kind of party so soon after being so ill looks reckless to the point of incongruous. And why were others in the picture happy to risk sitting so close to him with him not facemasked, after he had supposedly been burning up just a few weeks before?
We were misled. Again
Even if Johnson was infected with the Coronavirus and had tested positive, he was probably either asymptomatic, or just very mildly ill.
Yet again, the Government has lied to the British public, or at least misled the British public, which may be technically different, but morally amounts to the same thing. And they will continue to do so until more Britons stop kowtowing to them. It is their assumption that we are all too foolish to spot the inconsistencies in what they say from what they do that gives them the bravado to lie in the first place.
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