Cabinet minister squirms and weasels when confronted by Tory guilt
Grant Shapps attempted to use the standard Tory escape line this morning when confronted with the reality of the government’s appalling handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Faced with a chart that showed the UK’s total deaths – even at the drastically understated government number – as third worst in the world and quickly getting worse, Shapps tried to deflect to the idea of ‘excess mortality’. ‘Excess mortality’ – how many more people are dying than would usually be expected – is a more complex concept and the Tories hope that would discourage the public from looking too closely or thinking too deeply about it.
But Shapps was then confronted with an excess death chart – and it made the Tories look even worse, because the UK, especially England, is far above other nations in the excess deaths the Tories have inflicted on the people of this country, even the catastrophes in Italy and Spain:
Shapps’s response? Even he looked embarrassed as he suddenly claimed that while you can only judge the Tories on excess deaths, you can’t look at excess deaths for at least a year:
The truth is simple. For all Johnson’s bullshit about other countries looking enviously at the UK for its performance in the pandemic, he and his government have made us an international scandal and a case study for what happens when a government is arrogant, wilfully negligent, dishonest and acts ideologically in a crisis.
Huge numbers of our people are dying needlessly.
And the Tories response is to say ‘don’t judge us on anything you can see now, you have to wait until we say it’s the right time’.
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