Boris Johnson had hopes of downgrading the virus alert level last week to align with the easing of lockdown restrictions. He had plans to downgrade the alert level to level 3, which would mean that ‘the virus is in general circulation’ and social distancing can be ‘relaxed’. However, this downgrade was resisted by the chief medical officer – Chris Whitty, who has insisted that we stay at level 4. Level 4 means that there is a ‘high or rising level of transmission’. Despite this, lockdown restrictions are still being eased, with our children being sent back to school and being told we can now meet 6 people from outside our households.
The economy is now being opened back up, with high-street shops opening on the 15th June. This undoubtedly represents the views of ‘profits before people’. The manner in which the Conservative government has handled this crisis has only caused uncertainty and confusion. It is extremely contrasting when comparing the crisis in England with Spain, with the Spanish people having clear instructions about what they can and cannot do. On the 1st June, Spain reported 0 new deaths from Coronavirus. This is brilliant news and demonstrates what can be accomplished when you have clear details about what the lockdown entails. Their stringent approach to the crisis appears to be paying off, which is the opposite to what is happening in the United Kingdom.
When looking at the way in which the crisis has been handled in the United Kingdom, we are a failure. Even in today’s PMQs, Boris Johnson stated: “I take full responsibility for everything this government has been doing in tackling Coronavirus, and I’m very proud of our record”.
Over 60,000 people have died from this virus, and he is ‘proud’. Boris Johnson has failed.