Former Tory MP Matthew Parris appears on Sky to exonerate catastrophic PM – while MP Lucy Allan quietly deletes ‘like’ of tweet calling for abolition of NHS
‘Operation Absolve Boris’ has begun. The Conservative party, which can never quite disguise its contempt for the Labour-founded NHS, has sloughed off even more of the facade to start its campaign to water the idea in the public consciousness that the blame for Boris Johnson’s appalling and frankly murderous handling of the pandemic crisis rests with the NHS, not the Bullingdon boy.
Former Tory MP Matthew Parris was on Sky News this morning (thanks, reader and Labour activist Val Colvin for the pointer) – and Parris not only suggested that the latest scandal of slow vaccine roll-out was the NHS’s fault, he ‘jumped the shark’ and suggested that he couldn’t think of anything that Johnson could have done differently to reduce the scale of the UK’s pandemic disaster, which has left this country with one of the world’s worst death rates and worst economic collapses:
Parris is not alone, with various Tory voices being given media time – or making comments on social media – to attack the NHS and shift the blame onto our underfunded and austerity-withered Health Service. Tory MP Lucy Allan ‘liked’ one such attack calling for the complete abolition of the NHS:
Allan deleted it after the public challenge and did not respond to a request for comment.
But Parris’s willingness to rewrite history stands out to claim. Blaming the NHS for the snail’s-pace roll-out of the vaccine is bad enough, but the idea is beyond bizarre that Johnson has done nothing untoward and the UK’s atrocious outcomes are just some mystifying phenomenon that nobody understands.
From the early days of the pandemic, the gaping flaws in Johnson’s response were unmissable – and widely criticised:
And as the crisis progressed, the bungling, arrogance and straightforward dishonesty continued to pile up:
- a PPE catastrophe and billions wasted on cronies’ companies for materials that often never materialised or were unfit for use
- the initial ‘herd immunity’ strategy that would have killed a million people and was never truly abandoned
- thousands killed in care homes – while Matt Hancock boasted of throwing a ‘protective cordon’ around them that was more like the fences around a death camp; and official Department of Health policies were to keep feeding known-infected patients back into homes packed with the most vulnerable people
- delayed lockdowns
- delays on school closures in the spring – and Johnson’s insistence they had to stay open in the autumn, then yet again this week
- the ‘world-beating’ test and trace fiasco
- allowing flights into the UK from virus hotspots for months, with not even the most basic checks on passengers
- still no coronavirus tests on incoming passengers even now
- Johnson going AWOL, on holiday and skipping COBRA
- stubborn delays in including facemasks in social distancing measures – and flatly forbidding them in classrooms
- not sacking Dominic Cummings for ‘Barnard Castle‘
And this is nowhere near an exhaustive list.
Watch the media with an eye open for subtle – and not so subtle – attacks on the NHS and the manoeuvres of ‘Operation Absolve Boris’ and you’ll soon see they’re as frequent and piled high as Johnson’s fatal mistakes and deliberately lethal policies.
Just don’t let it pass without comment and make sure your friends and family are alert to what the Establishment is doing. They’ll certainly never hear that warning from the so-called ‘mainstream’ media.
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