What are Johnson and co hiding?
The all-UK page was updated on Thursday with 24-hour figures for virus cases for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but with no data for English cases:
But setting the page to show only English cases reveals that the England chart has not been updated for four days, since last Sunday, even though the page claims to have been updated today:
England’s figures before Thursday can be mined from the all-UK chart, but is far less conspicuous and is harder to compare across dates. Thursday’s figure for new cases in England, however, is not shown in any of the charts.
But mining that data reveals that, while the UK rate has been rising relentlessly for weeks and reached a 44-day high this week, this rise has been driven almost entirely by England’s worsening figures as Johnson, Hancock and Sunak delay safety measures and continue to push English residents into closer and more frequent contact in spite of the upturn in infections and the warnings of unions and even the government’s own scientists:
This week’s 44-day high already saw the Tories exposed as infecting English people at double the rate of the other nations – at the worst rate in the world, with tens of thousands of needless deaths. So the absence of England’s figures in today’s update raises the question: what are the Tories hiding and how bad must it be for them to do so even while they and their friends in the media are pointing distracting fingers at a handful of poor migrants?
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