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Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19

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Blaming the Prime Minister is very easy to do - as a whinging pom myself it comes as second nature. However, compared to the Japanese government the UK has been positively proactive with the handling of this pandemic. Us Brits need to stop whinging and realize not everything is the government's fault.

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Brits have surrendered all personal agency and expect government to do everything for them. Anything that goes wrong in their lives, they immediately start blaming a politician or bureaucrat and demand they fix it, but never do anything themselves.

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Many countries are enduring new waves of the virus, but Britain’s is among the worst, and it comes after a horrendous 2020. More than 3 million people in the U.K. have tested positive for the coronavirus and 81,000 have died — 30,000 in just the last 30 days. The economy has shrunk by 8%, more than 800,000 jobs have been lost and hundreds of thousands more furloughed workers are in limbo.

No the governments fault, BUT the governments responsibility.

That is what they are there for, isn't it?

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If you look around the world, countries with right wing neoliberal governments or populist leaders or both are suffering the most from the pandemic. In Canada, the provinces with the most right wing governments have the worst numbers. Maximizing private benefits will never lead to the greater good. Better to finally bury Boris and his gang's corrupt ideology than more Covid victims.

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Costello said Johnson should not bear all the blame. He said a sense of “exceptionalism” had led many British officials to watch scenes from Wuhan, China, early in 2020 and think “that’s all happening over in Asia and it’s not going to come here.”

Regarding the corona variant, I think the UK is much better than China in terms of swift reporting and accountability. Aside from the originality question, Chinese authorities totally blew it in handling (or covering up?) the local pandemic. They are still sabotaging the UN-led fact-finding investigation.

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I’m not a big Boris fan and I agree that he was late to the party, but I believe the British government is now doing all it can.

Lockdowns and ramping up vaccinations (I only wish the American government could be as efficient).

I think the Brits just have to ride this out, get everyone vaccinated, and pray that as many as possible come out the other side.

It’s a horrible situation. That doesn’t make it all Boris’ fault.

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You don’t want to hear the real reasons and I don’t want to tell them here. lol

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You don’t want to hear the real reasons and I don’t want to tell them here. lol

Ok. Thanks for that.

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Ironically, Covid has already spun out of control while Boris's Brexit boast of "taking back control" has backfired bigly. Obviously, Johnson alone cannot be faulted for the unstoppable, deadly spread of the virus, but the raging pandemic has laid bare his essentially lazy and superficial approach to everything as can only be expected from such a grossly incompetent, shambolic figure who is way out of depth on both counts of Covid and Brexit, for which double-barreled failure he might jocularly be remembered by future generations, in old Anglo-Saxon parlance, as "Boris the Unready".

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Brits have surrendered all personal agency and expect government to do everything for them. Anything that goes wrong in their lives, they immediately start blaming a politician or bureaucrat and demand they fix it, but never do anything themselves.

Uh yeah. Clearly a pandemic that has killed millions around the world, tanked the global economy and overwhelmed hospitals is not something people should expect the government to do anything about. What this needs is more personal gumption, then everything will get better. Cuz no matter how complex the problem, a lack of that is always the easiest thing to point a finger at.

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Well I'm glad you've cleared that up; 70 odd million people in a nutshell, because everybody is exactly the same.

If you'd be good enough to let the British government know, I'm sure it will help clear up this pandemic in no time.

Of course, Japan has this all to look forward to... UNLESS the Japanese government acts...

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Boris should just learn from Japan and put on as much restrictions as possible on covid testing, then go on television and claim the low reported numbers as the success of the UK model.

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I’m not a big Boris fan and I agree that he was late to the party

Late to the party? Try ‘his dithering cost thousands of lives’.

Useless individual.

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Okay, you're the PM now.

What are you going to do?

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The UK is the epicenter of Europe’s COVID-19 outbreak once more, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is facing questions, and anger, as people demand to know how the country has ended up here — again.

Notice how the author of this article feels the need to slip in ‘conservative’ when describing Johnson’s government as if that is the reason for the results of the pandemic in Britain. Nice bit of journalistic bias there. Government actions prove very little when it has come to the virus. In the US now, Progressive run states like California and New Jersey are being ravaged by the virus. Does the media feel the need to point that out? There are a lot of other Leftist run European countries under extreme duress but never have I seen the mainstream press inclined to make that a point of emphasis.

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Britain locked down on March 23, and Costello said if the decision had come a week or two sooner, “we would be back down at 30,000-40,000 deaths. ... More like Germany.”

How did costello know this?

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Ego Sum Lux MundiJan. 10  06:05 pm JST

Brits have surrendered all personal agency and expect government to do everything for them. Anything that goes wrong in their lives, they immediately start blaming a politician or bureaucrat and demand they fix it, but never do anything themselves.

All summer long the Brits have partied like it was 1999, with no thought about protecting themselves or spreading CoVid. Bojo himself got it and recovered, that shoulda said something to the UK public. Now everything there is shut down. Some people don't listen or take heed to anything.

Just like so many idiots in America.

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Peter NeilToday  12:40 am JST

Okay, you're the PM now.

What are you going to do?

BoJo ought to warn the UK on the BBC about the dangers and enforce the lockdown. He had CoVid himself, he oughta know. This is his responsibility.

Unlike the immature sassy-mouth Diaper Don, BoJo has a chance here to show that he's a responsible leader. So what IS he going to do?

zichiToday  01:13 am JST

Reports showing many people out and about and without wearing masks.

The pandemic virus is not left or right wing and never tires of infecting people. 50,000 new cases.

No, it's everybody's problem. Viruses know and respect no ideology, boundaries, creed, etc. No one is to blame but we must all take precautions to avoid and fight it until the whole planet is rid of it.

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The problem with the British public is that we try and find loop holes in the so called laws that are there to protect us, ( including Mr D Cummings) then people convince them selfs that they are exempt, how blinking stupid can we get? there are raves and large social gatherings, and this is the result we get, hospitals that are over flowing, A&E is beyond capacity, ambulances are parked up full of seriously ill people, they cant get patients onto the wards as they are full, this is with out road accidents and normal hospital administrations ie appendicitis's etc, once this has died down and things start to get back to normal, I can see a lot of doctors and nurses going off sick through mental health problems. The latest from the UK government is calling for ex nurses, retired nurses, doctors to go back to help out with the C19 injections.

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Boris is to blame?

Brits don’t wear masks, meet new restrictions by flocking to the pub to get drunk and travel abroad the first chance they get for a holiday!

Not to worry though as herd immunity is on the way...

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I had three Zoom calls with three different companies in the UK on Friday. All were in their offices, but not one of them was wearing a mask.

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Notice how the author of this article feels the need to slip in ‘conservative’ when describing Johnson’s government as if that is the reason for the results of the pandemic in Britain. 

’Conservative’ with a capital ‘C’. It’s the name of the party.

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Notice how the author of this article feels the need to slip in ‘conservative’ when describing Johnson’s government as if that is the reason for the results of the pandemic in Britain. Nice bit of journalistic bias there. 

Its the name of his party, genius.

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