As many report this morning, Boris Johnson is writing to all households in the UK at a cost of £5.8 million. The reason is to get his excuse for his failure on coronavirus in early. The letter will say:
If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope. This will cost lives. We must slow the spread of the disease, and reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment in order to save as many lives as possible.
That is why we are giving one simple instruction - you must stay at home.
In other words, ‘if people you know die of coronavirus don’t blame me: it will all be your fault for not doing as I say’.
And this from the man who led a party that deliberately undermined the NHS and denied it necessary resources, who reacted too late to data on coronavirus and who thought it best to create herd immunity whilst not ordering the equipment the staff in the NHS needed and still need, and whose government did not notice an EU invitation to cooperate on ventilator building and decided instead to strike out on its own with people who had never made them before because ‘buying British’ is best.
Many people are quite reasonably worried about coronavirus right now. But Boris Johnson might be most of all, because what is about to happen could quite reasonably be laid at his door. If we get away with 20,000 deaths in the UK that will be a disaster, but he can say it was the best possible outcome, and he might just have a case. Many more than that and he is in deep, deep trouble, and he knows it.