Dawdling, incompetence and the threat of disaster are overshadowing what should be a day of joy as England’s lockdown rules are eased.
They are the hallmarks of Boris Johnson who is once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
India’s inclusion on the Covid-19 red list was delayed and now the rapidly-spreading mutation of the virus detected in that country is jeopardising the planned end to all restrictions in England, planned for June 21.
It’s another unforgivable own goal by a charlatan who will eventually burst his vaccine bubble.
The latest blunder comes down to his desperation for a Brexit trade deal with India – he only decided to ban or quarantine arrivals from the country after postponing his April 25 trip to Delhi to pay homage to Premier Narendra Modi.
India’s neighbours Bangladesh and Pakistan, both of which had lower rates of coronavirus, were added to the red list on April 2. Some 20,000 people entered Britain from India between its glaring omission and when Johnson finally decided to rectify it on April 23.
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We may never know exactly how many of the 20,000 were infected.
What we do know is it was another mistake on top of his previous dithering, and mistakes on care homes and PPE scandals, which needlessly piled bodies on a UK death toll higher than 150,000. Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner effectively labelled Johnson a granny killer, with the young grandmother declaring: “He literally seeded the virus in care homes.” It may sound controversial but it also contains an element of truth.
Pollster Opinium’s widening 13% lead for the Conservatives will intensify Labour’s pain, as long as Johnson remains vaccinated against punishment for deadly mistakes and sleaze over everything from expensive wallpaper and free holidays to special deals for Tory friends.
So many of his No 10 aides and Cabinet Ministers are tainted – Eddie Lister, Matt Hancock and Priti Patel among them.
This Conservative Government is a fish rotting from the head down. The public currently tolerating Johnson’s misrule will eventually revolt, with patience snapping when it is apparent to all with open eyes that the problem is Johnson and his regime.
The question is, how much more harm this Prime Minister, who is vying with David Cameron for the title of the worst leader since 1945, will inflict before he’s evicted?