First it was care workers to blame. A chief nurse gets removed from briefings for criticising the government. Then it’s the scientists to blame and they get told not to make political statements. They are being set up by Matt Hancock anyway who mentioned “following the science” seven times in a BBC interview this week. Now it’s our fault – or Bame people, according to the execrable Craig Whittaker. Let’s be clear, this is toxic psychopathology exemplified by denial, projection and displacement.
You’re to blame for these increases, Johnson – you and the rest of your inept, incompetent, thick (educated but not intelligent, there is a difference), socially lapsed government. Everything done too late, everything done as a knee-jerk reaction, and best characterised by your utterly childish, five-year-old catchphrases: hands, face, distance, dooby-doo, clap hands.
Grow up, take proper responsibility, apologise and stop being hypocrites. This is why nobody believes or respects you and you will all go down in history as the worst government ever.
Integrity in politics needs to be restored, but the success of half-truths and evasions means it will not be done by the electorate. For reasons that I suspect lie in poor education, a lack of curiosity and instant media, voters do not seem to be willing to make the effort that is needed to hold politicians to account. They succumb to confident assertions that fit their preconceptions or wishful thinking.
Please can someone explain to me why Boris Johnson has not been wearing a mask in many of the photos I’ve seen of him recently? We are being told to wear them. Also, is he exempt from the distancing rules, surely touching elbows doesn’t meet the requirements? Still, I expect he and Dominic Cummings are different to us.
Secret thoughts of Obama and Cameron
I read John Rentoul’s thought-provoking column (1 August) about the secret thoughts of Barack Obama and David Cameron in regard to their ostentatious successors. Trump and Johnson are both mavericks with a keen liking to surround themselves with “yes” men and women. The very idea of postponing the presidential election is preposterous, but it seeds the idea into the minds of worried Republicans and their voters.
I wonder about David Cameron, whose complacency that the Remain vote was a “done deal” has led us down this dire path of torturous uncoupling and now strained talks with the EU. He and Obama must indeed shake their heads in bemusement, the latter being so often stymied by vested interests. But there is now hope with Joe Biden, who if canny with his choice of running mate could half Trump’s longed for tenure, which would issue a massive sigh of relief from the rest of the free world.
Obama and Cameron are probably pragmatic men who do not toss and turn every night, but roll with the dice and pray for better and less divisive times ahead. And amen to that, especially during a pandemic with a virus which has no regard for political affiliation.
Judith A Daniels
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Hospital admissions rise
While the government brings back lockdown measures in some parts of the country, I would ask if hospital admissions are going up? The government must expect the number of infections to go up as lockdown is released – if infected people are young and healthy what does it matter?
The true measure of whether lockdown should be reinstated can only be judged by hospital admissions and once they start creeping up, action must be taken.