Johnson’s government tops grim league table
Figures released by Amnesty International today show that Boris Johnson’s catastrophic handling of the coronavirus crisis has placed the UK at the top of a league of shame.
540 health workers lost their lives to COVID-19 in England and Wales. That figure alone, excluding Scotland and Northern Ireland, would be enough to stand at second-worst in the world, just five behind Russia – a nation with double the UK’s population – and well ahead of the US and Brazil, which have more than five times and three times the UK’s number of people respectively:
- Russia (545)
- UK (England and Wales (540)
- USA (507)
- Brazil (351)
- Mexico (248)
- Italy (188)
- Egypt (111)
- Iran (91)
- Ecuador (82)
- Spain (63)
But deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland are more than enough to put the UK shamefully in ‘top’ position as the worst in the world.
Johnson’s utter irresponsibility on personal protective equipment, testing and tracing and his slowness to lock down have taken a horrific toll among our health workers – and have caused the needless deaths of tens of thousands of our people.
Yet he refused even to express regret when challenged last month – and is now planning to ‘thank’ NHS staff by reimposing hospital parking charges on them. Johnson should be in the Hague, not in Downing Street.
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