Tories attempting to make public responsible for battle against deadly virus – but reducing information available to it in stark contrast to Chinese approach
The Tories have repeatedly attempted to cast the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus as a public responsibility, with both Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock telling interviewers that it’s up to the UK public to do its part.
And yet the government has now decided to respond to a leap in the scale and rate of infections by ending daily bulletins on new cases. Instead, the Department of Health (DH) says it intends to publish a weekly update:
As of today, due to the number of new cases, we will no longer be tweeting information on the location of each new case.
Instead, this information will be released centrally in a consolidated format online, once a week. We are working on this now and plan to share on Friday.
Yet this is the diametric opposite of the approach of the Chinese regime, which in spite of its reputation for tightly restricting information available to its citizens is making live updates available to residents – not only about the location of all cases in the vicinity, but how recently they appeared:
Chinese resident Adam Rothwell described the system:
The Tories are priming the UK people to carry the blame for the spread of the virus while depriving them of information vital to the fight against it, in order to mask the true scale of the epidemic and keep people acting in ignorance.
The SKWAWKBOX reported this week on the government’s internal debate whether it should prioritise saving lives or protecting profits. It seems clear that the Tories, unsurprisingly, have come down on the side of profit.
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