‘Stay alert’ – to the invisible? ‘Control’ the virus??
The Tories have changed their coronavirus slogan from ‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ to ‘Stay alert, control the virus, save lives’. Boris Johnson is softening up the UK for a relaxation of the lock-down.
The new slogan, which has appeared on the front page of right-wing papers today, has been attacked as both meaningless and sinister – and as a cover for the next phase of Johnson’s ‘herd immunity’ plan, which never went away in spite of government claims to the contrary and was merely rebranded.
Leading left-wing Labour MP Richard Burgon was one of the first to point out the danger:
Medics echoed his conclusion:
Union leaders and political activists pointed out the nonsense of ‘staying alert’ for something nobody can see – or of ‘controlling’ it:
At the same time, there have been scenes of crowded parks during the bank holiday weekend after the Tories’ briefed the press to push the idea of imminent lock-down ‘freedom’:
‘Control the virus’ is clearly code for an intention to ‘allow the virus to continue spreading’ instead of doing anything to eliminate it as other countries have done – ‘herd immunity’ with yet another new brand.
With a complicit press helping Johnson prepare to lift restrictions, expect a new spike in deaths starting in a couple of weeks or so, pushing the UK to further depths of shame as the hardest-hit and most shoddily-governed major nation in the world by an even greater distance – and yet more government dishonesty to cover and distract from the consequences of their actions.
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