Cowardly Johnson spins science as politics to prevent answer
Cowardly Boris Johnson has twice this evening denied the British public the opportunity to hear the scientific opinion of his scientific advisers on the impact on public health of Dominic Cummings’s behaviour, by outrageously painting a public health issue as a political one.
The craven Tory couldn’t allow Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, his chief medical and scientific officers, to give their verdict in response even to the mild scrutiny of Laura Kuenssberg and Robert Peston:
Johnson’s spineless evasion was outrageous – but we already know what his behavioural science advisers think of Cummings’s conduct – and of Johnson’s weakness in failing to remove him – because they put it on record.
And they say unequivocally that Johnson ‘trashed‘ their advice and their efforts to bring and keep the British public on board with anticoronavirus measures – to an inevitable cost in lives needlessly lost:
The Tories have an unbroken track record of this kind of cowardice and spin – for example, hiding international mortality charts as soon as they could no longer hide the UK’s shameful position.
Tens of thousands of avoidable deaths are already on Johnson’s hands. More will be added, so that Johnson could protect one person too arrogant to care.
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