Crippen watches Boris Johnson trying to dodge a coronavirus inquiry

In an article in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee writes about a new group that’s been formed to challenge the governments appalling record on Coronavirus deaths.

Called Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice the group are not only extremely articulate but are pushing the duo into a corner by asking what plans exist should a second wave of the virus hits the UK.

Polly writes: “They should be alarmed by the articulate voices of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, their numbers growing weekly. On a recent BBC Today programme they were demanding an immediate public inquiry into their relatives’ deaths. They say the “intense preparations” for a future Covid-19 spike called for in this week’s report from the Academy of Medical Sciences requires a rapid inquiry into what went wrong and why, to stop a repetition of those 20,000 care home deaths.”

In the Commons, Johnson said there would be an “independent inquiry”, but with no date or definition. He has refused to meet the families so far, rightly afraid of the power of their critique of serial failings in coping with the pandemic.

Polly adds:

“Here’s the extra problem: any inquiry would not only expose the lethal blunders that left Britain “world-beating” in Covid-19 mistakes, but it would open up the great social care dilemma.

Every wicked political issue congregates here: the passionate feelings about inheritances lost to care costs, the anti-immigration sentiment Priti Patel panders to in denying visas to “low-skilled” care workers, the injustice between those with Alzheimer’s (who pay) and those with cancer (who don’t).

It would expose the catastrophic neglect of Britain’s older people, 1.5 million of whom lack the care they need, despite a 25% increase in the number of over-65s in the last decade. The Treasury will have noted the £8bn the Health Foundation reports it would take just to restore care to the (far from ideal) 2010 standards.”

And what Polly doesn’t add: it would also expose the staggering number of disabled people who have died due to the pandemic and this government’s failure to protect us.

Description of cartoon for those using screen reading software

Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, both wearing paint splattered overalls and carrying large paint brushes are shown to have painted themselves into a corner. Inscribed in the painted area is ‘Covid 19 cover up’. Boris saying: “Oh shit Dominic – looks like we’ve painted ourselves into yet another corner!”

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