Admission was no doubt inadvertent but no less damning for that
In an attempt to justify its coronavirus policies during the daily press conference this evening, the government inadvertently admitted that its policies over the last decade have led to deaths.
Conservative cuts have been linked to around 150,000 needless deaths since 2010, but the Tories have always denied the consequences of their political choices – even when the UN has condemned them and confirmed how easily they could have put them right.
Yet tonight, Boris Johnson’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty confirmed that the government knows that anything it does to increase deprivation leads to deaths:
Over the last decade, the list of Tory cuts and cruelties is essentially endless. Cuts that have forced families into poverty, homelessness and despair, delays to benefits that have starved and evicted the poorest, jeering votes to deprive a million poor and hungry children of free school meals, so many miseries inflicted on disabled people that almost half of them have attempted suicide – and more besides than can be listed.
And the Tories know the deprivation they inflict is not only cruel, but life-threatening.
And yet they have done them anyway – and relentlessly lied about and denied the consequences.
This foul pandemic has forced the admission out of them.
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