Chaos and confusion as weapons against working-class people
Boris Johnson’s garbled and self-contradictory message last night was mocked brilliantly by comedian Matt Lucas, but it is anything but a laughing matter – and the chaos has continued this morning, making Johnson and his excuse for a government even more guilty of the UK’s shameful position as the major nation with the most deaths relative to its population.
Last night, Johnson told workers that they must return to work this morning unless they can work from home – ending the lock-down in all but the most peripheral sense and condemning millions of mostly low-paid people to run the gauntlet of infection on public transport and in workplaces. His exhortation to walk or cycle instead is utterly meaningless for the vast majority.
To rub salt into the wound of his gross mockery, the so-called guidance the government promised on the ‘safe’ use of public transport was issued at 2pm today, hours after people were forced to flood back into the streets, trains and buses – terrifyingly shown on Transport for London CCTV footage.
And the government has now said that its instruction to return to work was not meant to be implemented immediately, but rather on Wednesday. Maybe.
60,000 people have died so far because of this virus, perhaps many more – and the hands of Johnson and his helpers are stained with their blood. There will now be another ‘spike’ in a couple of weeks and thousands more will die – along with hundreds more health workers, teachers, transport workers and other front-line staff.
Using chaos, lies and misdirection as a weapon, the Tories are murdering people and using the media to cover their arses.
There is no clearer or truer way to say it.
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