Labour leader and Shadow Health Secretary received confirmation from government of approach that was openly planned then ridiculously denied
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed what we all knew: that the Tories’ initial plan for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic was to allow hundreds of thousands to die in the pursuit of ‘herd immunity’.
Boris Johnson’s Chief Scientific Officer described the plan in several media appearances, while Johnson himself told interviewers about ‘taking it on the chin’ and letting the virus run quickly through the population. The SKWAWKBOX immediately pointed out that, with the mortality rates outlined by the World Health Organisation and seen in the Chinese outbreak, the plan would mean letting half a million people die and potentially many more:
The Tories did more than publicly back-track on the plan when pandemic experts pointed out the huge loss of life involved. They pretended it had never existed – even while they continued to pursue it and just changed the language used to describe it.
But in a podcast with left-winger Grace Blakeley, Corbyn confirmed:
- that the Tories gave him an official briefing as opposition leader that consisted of a “lecture” about herd immunity
- that he immediately branded the plan ‘absurd’ and a “eugenic formula” that meant “allowing people to die”
- that huge numbers of people in fact “lost their lives needlessly because of government policy” and a lack of preparedness stretching back a decade
Corbyn also confirmed that Boris Johnson admitted in a meeting between the pair that he “didn’t want to introduce the furlough scheme” and that only “robust” pressure from John McDonnell and the trade unions secured the scheme – a fact revealed exclusively at the time by the SKWAWKBOX.
Corbyn went on to highlight the way in which the coronavirus has “exposed and writ large… inequalities in our society” and condemned “corporate welfare”, arguing that:
if we’re putting money into big companies… then we should be putting in government appointed directors as well to make sure those companies work in the public interest.
Boris Johnson’s intentional pursuit of herd immunity and his weeks-long delay in lockdown or taking any serious measures to prevent its spread is calculated by scientists to have cost as many as 40,000 lives avoidably lost, including a massacre in care homes – increasing to 60,000 by the end of the first phase of the outbreak.
The former ‘Bullingdon boy’ has refused at least twice even to express regret for the needless deaths his actions and inaction had caused.
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