The Guardian’s view of the mutant virus proposal of Boris Johnson: more than PR needs


It was during the Vietnam War that the’ credibility gap’ euphemism was coined to describe the administration of Lyndon Johnson. Instead of suggesting what everyone believed – that the U.S. government was systematically lying – the word was used. “credibility”credibility. Fast-forward a few decades and swap London for Washington, and the same trick is being attempted by another Johnson administration. As of Tuesday, the United Kingdom had reported 60,916 new positive coronavirus cases and 830 deaths.

One in 50 had coronavirus in a week in England.

The response of Boris Johnson was to restart daily Covid updates so that he could promote the narrative of the government that the nation is in a desperate race between the vaccine and the virus.

In short, it will be a race between injections and infections. This alludes to the belief that opinions matter more than reality. Instead of acknowledging and attempting to correct the many errors he has made, Mr. Johnson needs to be “credible” in the age of Covid. He ought to be responsible.

Credibility is not founded on the moral basis that you mean what you say or say what you mean. That speaks to a prime minister who today doesn’t bother defending his policies because tomorrow has a chance of a U-turn. Mr. Johnson said on Sunday that schools were healthy for children and for teachers.

By Monday, he said, they were so unsafe that they had to be closed down. Nor can the reasoning of Mr. Johnson be reliably assumed to be based on scientific facts.

If it were, Downing Street would certainly have been planning for far tougher steps to contain the spread of a new coronavirus strain in England than those the country experienced in March – as its scientific advisors warned two weeks ago -. The prime minister needs to give the impression that he is up to the challenge, but the tragedy of recent weeks suggests that he is not.

Mr. Johnson has been repeatedly warned about the risks of a winter surge that would drive the NHS to its limits if the virus is not stopped from spreading. He should have listened to warnings from his own chief medical officer, among others.

But Mr. Johnson tended to conclude that the public would not undergo more closures because a “world-beating” mass vaccination campaign might avert the lurking danger of virus spread. The issue was that Sars-CoV-2 followed the evolution rule book rather than the script of Downing Street.

The UK tolerated a higher prevalence than required and increased the chances that incubators for new viral variants could be identified by failing to suppress the virus with a working monitoring, tracing and isolation method. The appearance of a highly transmissible Covid strain is evidence that bodies in which it could replicate were indeed found by nature. Now Mr. Johnson wants the public to assume that the issue is a mutated virus, not a government that has bet against its appearance. But it is the prime minister who has continued to postpone the lockdown measures, making the issue worse for the country. By failing to strengthen the country’s capacity to handle the pandemic during the lockout measures so that things were easier when they were lifted, he compounded his error.

Covid compounded disparities and illustrated them. The rich have been able to more efficiently protect their health and livelihoods than the poor. The pathogen has impacted those burdened by a combination of sickness, age, and poverty disproportionately. However, by providing appropriate assistance in times of crisis, the government has not taken the initiative to accept this. The Chief Medical Officer of the government for England said that this virus would not go away. He is right. For some time, we will be living in an acutely altered environment, wearing masks and avoiding crowded areas. In order to deal with the clinical, psychological, social and economic shock of the pandemic, the government should think less about its reputation and focus more on providing adequately funded assistance.

More germs can be incubated by modern living conditions, but they also incubate ways to cope with them and their effects. The government is expected to ori


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