IF ‘partygate’ tells us anything, it’s the depths to which public debate has descended, how deeply cynical and removed from any decent principles it has become.
Instead of asking hard questions about the shocking scaremongering strategy this government has engaged in, about the ongoing pointlessly cruel masking of schoolchildren, about the £400billion cost of the lockdown destruction inflicted on the country, the National Covid Service million plus cancer waiting list and the corrupt ‘soviet-esque’ science advisers behind this all, all the media seem interested in is salivating over Boris Johnson partying; as though that was the sum of the covid crimes he has committed not the tip of its iceberg.
However hypocritical he was (and it was), the howls of rage coming from the opposition over the last couple of days have a distinctly hollow ring, betraying their own pusillanimity and deceit. Partygate reveals not just the charade they so willingly bought into, but how much they relish lockdown for its own sake; and, damningly, how it was their own unthinking compliance with Johnson’s irrational and cruel sanctions that left elderly people, including their own parents, dying isolated and alone.
They were taken for a ride and they’ve been made fools of. That’s really why they are angry.
It was always a charade, as Matt Le Tissier tweeted:
Even Keir Starmer must know that now. But will he and his party admit it? No. Instead they push for more of the very same irrational social control policies and vaccine mandates which are causing continuing stress and job loss and mental ill health, which are cruel to the old, the alone and above all to children.
The incredulity, gullibility and self-interest to emerge from the so called conservative side of Westminster is equally mind blowing. Johnson’s party and media allies’ defence of him is as shallow as Labour’s attack. His record on handling Covid is wonderful (!) we learn; he is the best of a bad job, we should beware of what we wish for, and never forget the hoary old chestnut that he’s the thin blue line between us and lockdown Labour or that ‘he deserves a last chance’ to show his true liberal colours. I shouldn’t forget the most spurious of them all – that he’s ‘resisted’ going full hog Covid fascist like Austria and France. Gosh, how grateful we should be.
What is the character of this man that they are putting their confidence in? Let me remind them. ‘Fundamentally irresponsible and dishonest’, a man ‘who has lied and bluffed his way through life, [who] today presides over a government of destruction, which has lied repeatedly to the British people, which has seized powers that no British government in history has taken, which has justified its needless actions on the basis of modelling repeatedly proved false, and which is ruling by decree’. This is but a taster of Daniel Miller’s devastating analysis and take down of Boris Johnson last November.
Yet these are the reasons why we should accept Johnson’s specious apology for disregarding the stringent social distancing rules he imposed on us last May, just after, remember, he bottled it and refused to give any end date to the lockdown, proving himself to be the truly terrifying disappointment he is.
The man in whom half of Westminster would like to believe lies our conservative salvation is the same man who has put Britain on the road to a police state, denied us our medical autonomy, remained blind to unprecedented vaccine injury and taken liberties Corbyn barely dreamt of.
Yes, this is the man who once again they think should be let off the hook. It’s incredible.
That’s why, when I was asked whether I accepted the Prime Minister’s apology by Dan Wootton on GB News on Wednesday night, I categorically said no I did not and clashed with Edwina Currie over the subject.
Whatever the motivation was for leaking the ‘partygate’ emails some 20 months after the event – no doubt an attempt to derail the stooge in Number 10 and keep him on lockdown track as the Covid and vaccine efficacy narrative begins to fall apart – it provides no excuse for Johnson.
She is right. It should be clear that he has to go.
What utter folly it would be, with all we know of him, to continue to put our trust in a man who thrives on abusing it. Why would we look for our society’s salvation from the author of its destruction?
Anyway if you missed my attempt to get out some of these arguments on GB News, not as coherently under the pressure of attack as I would have liked, you can watch it here.