As the Guardian reports this morning:
The government has privately admitted the UK faces an increased likelihood of “systemic economic crisis” as it completes its exit from the European Union in the middle of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
A confidential Cabinet Office briefing seen by the Guardian also warns of a “notable risk” that in coming months the country could face a perfect storm of simultaneous disasters, including the prospect of a bad flu season on top of the medical strains caused by Covid.
“Winter 2020 could see a combination of severe flooding, pandemic influenza, a novel emerging infectious disease and coordinated industrial action, against a backdrop of the end of the [Brexit] transition period,” it warns.
The rest has to be read. I will not be quoting at length. Instead, let's consider what this means.
It means that the government knows Brexit will be a disaster and is letting it happen.
And it knows the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our society will be harmed, and it is indifferent to that.
It even knows that the NHS is not fit for purpose now, and its only answer is to outsource.
What is more, it even knows people may die of medicine shortages, not have water to drink (this is a real risk: we don't have the necessary chemicals after Brexit) and there will be food shortages.
And still it will carry on.
All for the sake of its own dogma.
That, and of course, for the sake of pandering to racists, which is what it has done on this issue.
Tens of thousands of people will die.
The health of millions may be impacted.
Some will starve - and I literally mean that.
Hundreds of thousands of businesses will fail.
Millions will be unemployed.
Local authorities will go bankrupt.
The collective mental health of the nation will be imperilled.
And they are happy with all that.
Because being a sovereign nation again lets them do just that, in their opinion.
This is megalomania.
If it was seen in a developing country we'd say it was a banana republic.
But that's what we're becoming.
And through all this, millions will pay the price for this callousness.
Never forget, and never forgive will have to be the message.