Johnson u-turns on his claims after hospital’s attempt to hide behind patient confidentiality collapses thanks to work by Marcus J Ball
Tory PM Boris Johnson lied when he claimed in 2020 that he came so close to dying from Covid that hospital doctors ‘prepared to announce his death’, an independent prosecutor’s investigation has found – as Skwawkbox and others suggested at the time – and the evidence that proves the case was subject to Freedom of Information Act requests specifically because Johnson went public through the press with his lie, in effect waiving patient confidentiality.
Marcus J Ball, who prosecuted Johnson in 2019 for misconduct in public office, spent months hunting down the details and pursuing both the hospital and the Information Commissioner as well as Number 10 and has published his findings in a long Twitter thread. Key findings include intensive care doctors confirming that the symptoms Johnson and his aides claimed come nowhere near the level at which a doctor might prepare for informing anyone that they had died or were near death – and Johnson’s own subsequent admission, after being confronted by Ball’s findings, that his infection was ‘really mild’.
And they show how the hospital’s most senior management confirmed, partly intentionally and partly inadvertently, that no such preparations had been made. Below are a few relevant sections of the 22-tweet thread:
Ball suggests that the lie was published to deflect public anger and scrutiny over Johnson’s ‘incompetence’ in his response to the coronavirus pandemic. But in fact, Skwawkbox believes that the evidence has shown since – and strongly suggested at the time – that Johnson’s actions were frankly murderous and his decisions were taken knowing that they would result in a huge death toll and that better alternatives were available. And Johnson’s ‘let the bodies pile high’ comments and his refusal to apologise for causing those deaths show how little he cared for the lives he threw away.
Not only that, but official policy continued for many months that was fuelling the pandemic and the death toll, in particular but by no means limited to the fact that the government’s policy remained for many months to force confirmed-infected patients into care homes, slaughtering thousands of old or infirm residents in order to be able to boast about having hospital beds free, while claiming to have put a ‘protective ring’ around them.
And now the evidence confirms – and Johnson and his aides have declined to refute – that the cowardly ‘Bozo’ faked his own ‘near-death experience’ in order to protect himself from the consequences of his actions and inaction and the justified outrage of a million or more people who had needlessly lost loved ones and friends. And through most of the pandemic, the ‘leader’ of the so-called ‘opposition’ refused to call for Johnson to go and in fact colluded and even pushed him further in taking actions that would cost lives.
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