A talentless government puts our lives at risk.


Your editorial (The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: eternally behind the curve of Covid, Jan. 4) points to the confusion this week in classrooms. The woefully incompetent decision-making of the Prime Minister hampers the steps that ordinary families should take to minimize the detrimental effects on children. My husband and I built a childcare bubble for our two young grandchildren in my case. This was done to help my daughter, who works from home, and in anticipation of the possible closure of the school. After the prime minister declared on Sunday that the schools were secured, the children returned to school on Jan. 4. He said on Monday that they were not and that they would have to be closed.

Since we’re both over 65, we think it’s prudent to wait 10 days to look after the kids. If the prime minister had listened to his advisors on Dec. 22 when they told him the schools should remain closed, this could have been prevented…. This may be comparatively trivial, weighed against the severe repercussions of his lack of leadership, but the Prime Minister has again chosen to be evasive, risking more lives and causing additional and avoidable family emotional stress. Pauline PilkingtonCannock, Staffordshire-“Poor communication” is the simple and shallow reaction when a government has difficulty executing its policies or becomes unpopular with voters (Government’s Covid missteps continue to baffle Tory MPs, Jan. 4). His party, however, chose the prime minister because it was believed that he had a great communication gift that would be more than just a gift for communication. His calls for a “united front” to tackle the virus have always lacked integrity and drip with arrogance and condescension – just like the openings to “friends in Europe” have failed to persuade. It will be a start for a government of all talents to sweep away the kind of second-raters such as Gavin Williamson and Priti Patel who have created trouble and developed mistrust.

But I believe that there are few, if any, talented individuals who want to serve in a corrupted government. Time to go, Mr Johnson, in the national interest…. While he warns that the worst is yet to come (England to reach the hardest Covid lockdown since March, Jan. 4), Boris Johnson is too eager to try to sugarcoat the pill by talking about his expectations that we are “in the final stages of the fight,” that “the end is in sight,” and that we will eventually lift restrictions after the mid-term of February and come out of the lockdown. While I still hope that this will come true, none of this is assured in any way, and it is reckless to increase expectations for the prime minister. He could shatter those hopes again, but when things go wrong, he is motivated by his aversion to bad news and is able to take a chance by relying on his capacity to talk his way out of it. Bill StothartChester- One thought of this pandemic alone is amusing: it is the thought of the cries of terror, rage, derision and despair that we would have heard from Messrs Johnson, Sunak, Hancock, Williamson, Rees-Mogg, Eustace and others if Jeremy Corbyn had run this shambolic horror show of incompetence.


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