The government said that there was a communications mix-up which meant that they missed the deadline to join an EU scheme to get more ventilators for the coronavirus crisis.
Ministers were further accused of putting Brexit before public well-being when Downing Street said that the United Kingdom had chosen to pursue its own scheme, but now No 10 officials are saying that they didn’t get the emails asking them to participate and now it can’t participate in forthcoming schemes.
And now Labour is demanding to know why the government switched its information, and the party’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said that given the enormous demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing capacity and crucial medical equipment including ventilators, people will want to know why on Monday ministers were saying they had decided other routes over the joint EU procurement initiatives but now they’re claiming that they missed the relevant emails.
Of course, we now need urgent clarification from ministers about how they will get vital equipment to the frontlines as a matter of urgency, and the United Kingdom should be co-operating through international schemes to ensure we get these urgently needed pieces of equipment.
The EU extended its support to the UK and said that we could take part in the procurement project, even though we are no longer a member of the bloc, but Downing Street refused that hand of kindness and said it was because we are no longer members of the EU.
And now our government has said that they’re conducting their own work on ventilators and that they’ve had a pretty strong response from business and that they’ve also procured ventilators from the private sector in the United Kingdom and international companies.
But Boris Johnson has denied the decision was motivated by Brexit, and he said that this was an area where they wanted to make their efforts – oh, what a saint he is – pity he didn’t ask the people what they wanted!
And now Boris Johnson faces resentment from the opposition, and they’re saying that he’s putting Brexit before breathing.
The UK currently has 8,000 ventilators that are accessible and has placed orders for another 8,000 from existing manufacturers, but there are concerns about capacity in hospitals as the extent of the virus worsens.
Last week, the government put out a request for other British businesses to utilise their facilities to make the equipment and has since signed a contract for 10,000 ventilators with Dyson.
However, these ventilators still need to go through standards checks and wouldn’t be bought and distributed until that happens.
Now Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, and we hope that he recovers, but I’m sure it wouldn’t worry many of us if he couldn’t conduct any of his political responsibilities.
The Tories can all quickly be superseded by another set of equal Tory incompetents, and if Boris Johnson isn’t severely criticised in Parliament over the ventilator embarrassment, then we certainly know that this country has problems that we’ll seemingly never overcome.
And Boris Johnson’s government are continuing to put more lives in danger with their sluggish ordering of ventilators, on top of the thousands of lives they’ve already put at risk due to their lethargy to act, and their failure to protect front line medical, nursing and care workers, and their inability to get behind those serving so selflessly to safeguard society against this virus is beyond belief.
They said they missed the email, curious that, nobody else appears to have missed it and this just shows the disdain the Tories have for us in the United Kingdom.
They couldn’t even be bothered to make up a believable reason, they just rolled out this pitiful pretence of an explanation, but then you can’t blame them when they saw how even the most outrageous deceptions were engulfed by large numbers of people in both the referendum and the General Election.
And once again it’s if ‘I’m all right Jack’, and let’s thank the Tory voters for electing a government that’s cut NHS spending over the last ten years and then again and again.
Thanks to government austerity we have nurses using food banks, but we’ll all praise our nurses now because now we need them, very hypocritical.
It appears that NHS staff who are presenting manifestations are being tested for the virus, just like Boris Johnson was tested when he displayed symptoms, but the common people are not being tested except if they end up in the hospital, and there seems to be no logic or reasoning because everyone should be tested.
I have friends that have symptoms, but they’re just being advised to stay at home and not go out for 14 days, but they’re not being tested, therefore we don’t have reliable data for who is infected with the virus.
And when watching Boris Johnson on video, there appeared to be no sign of a tenacious cough, so could he perhaps be looking for a pity vote? Because the only thing that Boris Johnson is persistent about is lying and leaving his offspring.
Boris Johnson tested pretty early for the coronavirus and evidently, he tested positive. Either he has access to a super-fast test, or he’s telling lies, and we know he’s around a lot of people doing his job as Prime Minister, so he must be tested and given the results promptly, but that testing was super fast.
And why is it that our government perpetually appears to be idle in these kinds of things and only acts when it concerns them directly, and it was a shocking decision by Boris Johnson, the EU held out their hands in the spirit of generosity and Boris declined to accept and opted to turn a vacuum making company instead.
Sadly Boris Johnson isn’t a team player and it seems his arrogance and pride rule his British psyche, and it seems that joining the EU scheme was too embarrassing for Brexiters with their fevered fantasy.
And now we have confusion, inner chaos and shallow reasoning and the Tories are failing the people of the United Kingdom.
All in it together, yes, even the Prime Minister and the heir to the throne can’t escape it, and for them, no expense or resource will be spared, so now we have to pray that we the common people survive.
Should we have confidence in this government, don’t make me laugh. Years of austerity, for what? While the wealthy get richer and are still happy to see nurses having to use food banks while our government gives away billions of pounds each year to overseas aid.
And how did Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock get tested for the virus when they were only displaying mild manifestations, clearly they know the government guidance of self-isolation with no testing if you’re only displaying moderate symptoms, after all, it was the government that wrote the guidelines and now they’re flaunting them in our faces.
It appears that now, so many people are resentful over Brexit, such a pity they’re all in a minority now because now we have a pandemic, nobody cares about Brexit, all they care about is their families and the front line staff who are risking all to make sure you get treated if you get ill with this virus.
But in the end, each countries depth of character will shine through, but what is coming is grave and there’s no way of dodging it, and we could all be in a state of lockdown for months, and anything to do with Brexit will have to go on the back burner for now.
Because this world has encountered countless trials and tribulations, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom et cetera, and all have had long and illustrious histories, and what’s going on now will damage the economies and traumatise its people, and we’re all concerned for our families, however, the world will still turn, the sun will rise, and each countries depth of character will shine through.
But what would a zealous Brexiter do if they ended up having the coronavirus? Would they turn a ventilator down if the EU offered it? Or would they take a Dyson instead? And now, we’re promoting Dyson as some kind of British hero, but what he’s trying to do is make a quick buck at our expense.
I suspect that most people who decided to leave the EU would have a problem with purchasing European goods, they just didn’t want the political mechanism of the EU, and if we can interact with our neighbours without living in their houses, then we can cooperate with Europe without being in their union.
But with a global deficit of ventilators, it looks like Dyson will benefit considerably, but not swiftly enough though because it’s an expensive process to get a medical ventilator approved, and shifting from vacuum cleaners to ventilators can’t be that simple, but I’m convinced he’s up to the task.
Ventilators are complicated devices that use complex software and specialised parts, and companies that endeavour to build them face numerous obstacles, including intellectual property rights, and the demand for specially trained workers, regulatory approvals and safety considerations.
We appear to be demanding untested stand up cordless vacuum cleaners, I mean ventilators because this could be the first ventilator ever to be available in lilac and red, with a pet hair attachment!
Boris Johnson needs some sort of attachment because he can’t seem to get his head in check. First of all, he said that he didn’t want medical equipment because they were from the EU and we weren’t in the EU anymore, then he changed his mind and said they missed the email, well, he proper screwed that one up!
And there’s nothing like getting your priorities right, in this instance, wrong. It’s a government building for Christ sake, everything is organised meticulously, but oddly the email was missed, perhaps they should have gone to SpecSavers.
Two weeks ago Matt Hancock said we were involved in it, but then Boris Johnson said we weren’t as we’re not in the EU anymore, then some hours later blamed it on not checking his inbox.
But there were several meetings about it which the United Kingdom were involved in, so to say it was an email mix up is about as true as Boris jumping in a ditch, and let’s face it, if any cabinet member needed a ventilator, they’d get one even if they didn’t meet the guidelines.
The government should also look at how the coronavirus started and trust that politicians around the world are negotiating something with food processing, which is very important so that we never have to deal with this pandemic again with poor food hygiene.
All this media hype was simply a useful way to evade scrutiny and challenging questions. Prince Charles was supposed to take away media attention, but that was Plan A and that didn’t work. Now there’s Plan B with news on Boris Johnson having tested positive for coronavirus so that people don’t centre on how the pandemic is impacting our country and how poorly it’s being handled by Boris Johnson.
And Dominic Cummings was reportedly seen fleeing out the back door of Downing Street after Boris Johnson was reported as having coronavirus, so now we all know where Bungle and Zippy are, we just need to find George and all those rainbows the kids have been drawing and we’ll be ready to go.
The breaking news on the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary having both been tested positive for coronavirus, what it should have read: Utter stupidity – mind you, that wouldn’t have been breaking news because most of us already knew that.
We’re now expending the coronavirus test so that it’s much more broadly available, all you have to do to qualify for this testing is be heir to the throne, prime minister or a member of the cabinet.
What the government should have done was give funding to existing ventilator manufacturers, and how did Boris Johnson get tested for the virus after presenting mild symptom when we don’t have the lab capacity to test all over 70-year-olds, or is it because they’re just not important enough?
Did the NHS staff leave their hospital posts to go to Downing Street just to test him? And why didn’t he phone 111 to be told to stay home? And the government even admitting they made an error on the ventilators, will deter many who support the Tories from being loyal.
And whilst the government are wasting their time with Dyson, they’re letting an order of 5,000 ventilators and 50 million testing kits slide through their fingers.
So, this is what the UK’s turned into, a clapped out basket case, and now our government are giving excuses about a missing email.
So, now both Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock have tested positive for the virus, while mortality in the United Kingdom soars.
The cabinet is going for its own herd immunity while the rest of the country remains on lockdown, with no testing insight to measure what we’ve accomplished, or not accomplished.
And the Tories have been caught telling fibs once again, and right on cue, Boris Johnson gets the virus.
Most viruses fade naturally after a certain amount of time, although a vaccine would simply accelerate its departure, so if no vaccine is found for the prevailing virus it should be entirely gone by about July 2021.
The danger for the world right now is that if the lockdown and restrictions are lifted too quickly in the haste to get back to normal, it might result in the virus coming back for a second wave.
And should we be feeling charitable to our Prime Minister, a man that has jeopardised the supply for all of us by adhering to ideology rather than humanity, and he said the email went missing, that’s just as believable as ‘the dog ate my homework’.
At this rate with Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock having tested for the virus, soon we might see Priti Patel in charge, what a terrifying thought and all these MPs have been working closely with our esteemed leader, so some manner of infection was always possible – didn’t think it would be this kind of virus though.
Dominic Raab, he seems a tad unpredictable, and Chris Grayling having a go at being Prime Minister, well, he’s got no prospect of handling a crisis. Gives you a bit of a fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it, wondering who will be in command now.
So, now Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock test positive – this is getting a tad suspicious? And now countless more in the cabinet might be coming down with the virus?
These are the very people who were experimenting with herding and now they’re self-isolating, but they didn’t lockdown fast enough and exposed the country to the virus, and if it’s going through the cabinet they couldn’t have been following their advice.
This is criminal ineptitude and wilful manipulation of the truth by the Tories which is unbelievable, and how anyone still votes for these nasty little turncoats is beyond comprehension.
But then judging by people’s failure to understand the concept of ‘stay at home’, I’m not shocked because stupid is as stupid does.
The primary message here is that this is Civil Service who missed an urgent email, yet they haven’t been investigated for neglect, but what we are seeing is Boris Johnson and his dimwit cabinet just shrugging it off as if it was an unimportant email from the canteen about their menu, and the pantomime just gets better and better each week.
But there are 3 things we do know about Boris Johnson, he’s a liar, he’s lazy and he’s a liability, and now that we’ve gone into lockdown, it’s a great time for a liar to find an excuse to slip out of the spotlight, with Jeremy Hunt and Javid implying that the whole of the UK is thinking of Boris Johnson.
What, even those who the Tories grabbed benefit from, even those who the Tories inflicted the bedroom tax on, even those who lost their jobs through the Tory austerity measures? Somehow that seems pretty far fetched and I’m sure people have more pressing things to think about than Boris Johnson.
The whole country isn’t thinking about Boris Johnson, although I’m sure his family and friends are concerned, the entire world, of course not. They’re concerned about their own family and friends and those on the frontline caring for our fellow citizens, and let me point out, politicians are not held in higher regard than any other stranger.
And on the news it announced that Boris Johnson was tested, so was he tested before 8 am and if he was, why was he out in Downing Street at 8 pm? And now he has to self isolate, so I’m wondering which rules he disregarded and don’t forget that in the PMQs there were MPs and Ministers sat within a metre of him.
Our political leaders were not distancing themselves from each other and now they’ve been caught with their trousers down because it’s politics before people and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, let’s hope he doesn’t need a ventilator, and let’s hope he doesn’t need to be looked after by nurses without the essential PPE.
But there is a lack of ventilators and someone is going to lose out, whatever arises, and the EU scheme does nothing to address the global deficit of ventilators, all it does is say ‘screw everyone else because we’re taking care of number one’.
The Torie’s ineptitude and lack of willingness are embarrassing and rather than lying about everything, why don’t they just confess that they missed the boat, it was their mistake and that they don’t actually know what they’re doing?
At least we would respect them more if they told the truth, but now that they’ve lied about it, they’re not really fit for office, and seemingly, Boris Johnson stated that he’d had the symptoms for 24 hours, so what was he doing out on the street while the remainder of us were told that if we presented symptoms we were to self isolate.
I consider Boris Johnson as an utterly terrible Prime Minister who relishes hopping on the populist bandwagon, and there’s a lot of people out there that wouldn’t pay to vote for him, but at times like this, we are all fellow human beings and we should be pulling together where this virus is concerned.
At the moment it shouldn’t matter who we voted for, if we chose to Leave or Remain, we’re all in danger of this deadly virus, and it is deadly, it kills people and it really doesn’t care who we voted for.
It takes hostages and it’s relentless who it takes hostage, including all government ministers and the Prime Minister, which makes us no better than each other, we’re all in this together, and when this is all over, whoever is Prime Minister should think about this before stitching everyone up and should come to the table with some compassion.
It doesn’t cost anything to give empathy to people, wealthy or impoverished, and look, all that money the government believed they’d saved by taking it from vulnerable people, well now you’re economy is going to go down the toilet, and now you can’t blame the impoverished, immigrants or people who are out of work – this is a natural disaster, I wonder who the government will blame that on – naughty, naughty Boris, I can see the cogs ticking over there in your head!