Johnson may claim to have u-turned on his ‘take it on the chin’ stance – but New Zealand’s Labour PM says she never considered it for a moment
New Zealand’s Labour PM Jacinda Ardern has put out a video which, while not specifically naming Boris Johnson, clearly refers to the ‘herd immunity’ he and his advisers were planning until shamed into at least a superficial change by public awareness of the enormous death toll it would have created.
In sharp contrast to Johnson’s approach – he referred on TV to ‘taking it on the chin’ and letting the virus run – Ardern’s humanity shines through as she makes clear she would never countenance any plan that would mean consigning many thousands of her people to death:
Ardern told her nation the truth that herd immunity needs 95% of the population to be immune for it to protect those without – a number entirely in line with the advice of medical experts who spoke to the SKWAWKBOX but at odds with the government’s claimed 60%.
95% immunity in the UK – without a vaccine – would mean around 2 million deaths, given the 3-4% mortality seen in European countries afflicted.
But Ardern doesn’t sugar-coat the pill of the challenges her country and the world face as they try to protect their people – at least those governments who want to.
Real leadership, by those fit to lead, looks very different to what the UK has to tolerate now.
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