Establishment media helping Tories divert attention from cuts and lack of preparation that has NHS on its knees
The UK public appeared on its doorsteps at 8pm this evening to applaud the country’s NHS heroes who are fighting to save the lives of coronavirus sufferers.
As the image of the BBC’s coverage above notes, the government has attempted to co-opt the outpouring of popular gratitude – mirroring similar phenomena in Italy, Spain and elsewhere – by ‘encouraging’ people to participate.
But the government’s job is not to try to piggyback on our thankfulness to our NHS heroes – it is to protect them and make sure they what they need to to do their jobs as safely as possible.
The government is still failing to provide proper personal protective equipment to those on the front line in our hospitals and elsewhere – and is still denying them any testing at all, let alone the regular testing they need to protect themselves and their patients. And the damage done by the cuts and privatisation the government has inflicted on the NHS and those who work in it is being exposed by the unfolding coronavirus catastrophe.
Such a government soils what it touches – and has no business inserting itself into the nation’s thanks to its titans in a grubby attempt to divert attention from its sins and failings.
Don’t ‘encourage’ our gratitude, Mr Johnson. Protect our heroes and our NHS.
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