This is how it looks when an official isn’t spinning or understating to cover his or her backside…
As UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock looks into the camera each day and does his best to look concerned as he gives his latest understatement of the rising coronavirus death toll among UK health and care workers, regional government official Verónica Casado showed what it looks like when a government representative really cares what is happening on the front line:
Ms Casado broke down as she named the latest front-line health workers to die in her region.
The evident hollowness of Hancock’s attempted show of empathy is unsurprising. He continues to expose front-line staff to avoidable risk while constantly swearing he is ‘straining every sinew’ or ‘moving heaven and earth‘ to get protective equipment to them – and has dragged his heels for months in making testing available and still is not testing patients or staff who can transmit the virus without showing symptoms.
Unsurprisingly, while the BBC and other broadcasters have been quick to portray the situation in Spain and other countries as the UK death toll mounted, they do not appear to have shown the footage of Ms Casado’s show of genuine grief.
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