Gordon Brown has lashed out at Boris Johnson for supposedly hiding from the public over coronavirus and he told the Prime Minister to get a grip.
The ex-PM, who led the United Kingdom in the global economic crash a decade ago, demanded Boris Johnson attends Parliament to explain his plan for rescuing care homes and stricken firms.
Gordon Brown stated he would take into account the fact the Prime Minister had himself been unwell with coronavirus, including three nights in intensive care, but he said the nation has lost 12,000, maybe 20,000 lives in old people’s homes and known about the crisis in care homes for two months.
Boris Johnson has got to get a grip of the testing, he’s got to get a grip of what’s going to happen to the economy as it pushes ahead because all of these obstacles lie ahead.
The easiest thing is giving up money and supporting people. The most challenging thing is preparing for the future and making sure good businesses don’t go under.
Boris Johnson has led the daily Downing Street press conference only twice since he returned to work on April 26, and aside from PMQs, which is on all subjects, he’s just given one Prime Ministerial statement to the House of Commons on coronavirus since the pandemic started in January.
But a spokesperson for Boris Johnson confirmed health reasons were not behind his failure to appear more frequently and said that the Prime Minister was fine and maintained that he’d not failed to appear and that he’d been seen on several occasions.
Alongside a televised address to the nation, Boris Johnson has also been pictured numerous times going for a morning stroll with a coffee near 10 Downing Street, but he’s not appeared lately on a series of morning TV interviews, and Good Morning Britain has been avoided by ministers for three weeks.
Gordon Brown said the wave of mortality in care homes was tragic and sad and that he did worry about the number of lives being lost and that the government need to act expeditiously, and he pointed out that despite a promise weeks ago to test all care home residents and staff, even without symptoms, this will only be rolled out by June 6.
It’s been more than two months and not everyone has been tested, even people who may be at risk, and we all know that the virus can speed through an old people’s home very quickly, and our government should have been testing but that fateful determination was made not to test people in the community and we’ve been paying the price of it ever since.
Care home residents and staff were not even routinely tested with symptoms until April 15, and Gordon Brown told the GMB that instead of the slogan saying ‘stay alert’, the slogan should be ‘get tested’ and that they should be providing the means for that to happen, mobile testing, and much more.
And as much as Gordon Brown has his flaws, I can’t help thinking he’s right, and it appears that Boris Johnson is just a scaredy-cat and if he’s well enough to do the job, then he should do the job he was elected for or he should quit, it’s as simple as that.
And this has nothing to do with Boris Johnson being ill, he was incompetent even before he had his skirmish with the virus.
And we all realise that Boris Johnson had to recover from the coronavirus, plus he has a newborn to deal with, but that’s why they have staff, but to be fair, lots of front line care workers could say the same, but they manage to get out there and give their all, and by the way, since when has Boris Johnson ever had to get involved with child care, child making, but not childcare.
Boris Johnson simply lives in a careless chaotic soap opera, with his thoughtless disregard for social distancing advice, even passing it onto his pregnant concubine, and he’s not up to the job he was elected for and never was, and now the NHS is struggling at the hands of these despicable Tories and we must open our eyes to see this.
But despite what side of the political divide you’re on, most people would agree that Boris Johnson has barely been seen since taking office, and I’m sure that the Tory establishment has spotted he’s just a fabricating fool and he needs to be ushered under the stairs.
Boris Johnson must have been amazing at hide and seek when he was a kid, but then he’s still performing like a kid and not a Prime Minister, and Boris Johnson appears to be only able to do one thing at a time, otherwise, he gets overwhelmed and runs away.
Perhaps he should have read the job description for Prime Minister because it’s a remorseless job that takes up all of a person’s time, and rather than be defeated, he’s content to just hide away, and it seems that Boris Johnson wanted the position, he simply didn’t want to do the job.
And Boris Johnson letting the airport’s stay open and allowing people free travel without even having their temperatures checked from China and Italy at the height of their pandemics was one of the most shameless derelictions of duties by a Prime Minister and quite honestly unpardonable ignorance.
Every other country either closed their airports or only allowed essential travel, and were monitoring people entering the countries by taking their temperatures, and if people had a temperature they were sent packing.
What other governments did was to apply these basics because it’s quite evident that if you want to stop a pandemic spreading into your country you stop it at the source, but we didn’t do that and now we have one of the worst outbreaks in the world, which isn’t surprising when we didn’t do what everyone else was doing, sensible basic measures.
Boris Johnson is not fit enough, both mentally and physically to task as Prime Minister, and there’s a potential vacuum and judgments are not being made, deadlines are not being satisfied and blunders have been made.
They seek him here, they seek him there, and he’s definitely not a dedicated follower of fashion! He’s the imponderable Boris the Bad, in hiding so he doesn’t have to face up to his killing incompetency.
Well, if it’s okay for him to remain at home as Prime Minister while the country is in crisis, making sure his son is safe, then we should be entitled to do the same with our children by not sending them to school and keeping them safe, after all, what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.
Because we’ve all seen how this virus can spread and mutate, and it would be better to test people so that we can attempt to phase the virus out, rather than split hairs over whether or not it was worth the economic sacrifice or it turning into political point-scoring.
Gordon Brown bestowed much better direction than Boris Johnson has in this wretched pandemic because Gordon Brown always responded decisively and didn’t faff around like this government.
And Boris Johnson shouldn’t be free to hide from scrutiny, he should own his mistakes virtuously.