PM makes reference to Vallance and Whitty’s press conference last night – then ignores Vallance’s number for new daily infections and quotes much lower one
Boris Johnson’s new coronavirus measures have been rightly derided as an inadequate sham – leaving schools, workplaces and indoor hospitality open but telling pubs and restaurants to close an hour early will not make a meaningful scratch on the rise in new infections, let alone reverse exponential growth.
But even in his speech to launch them, Johnson couldn’t make it even a minute and a half into his speech before he was misleading – to put it kindly – again:
Even though his Chief Scientific Adviser has now acknowledged that the number of daily new infections is far higher than the government’s meaningless official figure – a constant con at the best of times – and even though he referred to Vallance’s press conference in his speech to MPs, Johnson reeled off the lower figure without hesitation.
But then both Vallance and Chief Medical Officer Whitty are said to be on the verge of resignation because Johnson ignores their scientific advice, so it’s a pattern.
Con artists con. Liars lie. But these are not the people we should trust in a national crisis – let alone unconditionally support on whatever he decides to do, as Keir Starmer has promised.
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