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The First Day of Boris Johnson's Evidence to the Covid-19 Inquiry

The dead can’t hear your apologies
The dead can’t see your sly smile
The dead can’t hear you blaming them
Like some oversized child on trail
The dead can’t see the messages
You accidentally lost
The dead can’t ask you questions
But the dead know just the cost
Of your lackadaisical attitude
Your laissez-faire approach
The meetings you weren’t bothered by
The rules with which you did not comply
The business-as-usual you deny
The herd immunity you tried to apply…

The dead can’t hear your apologies
But the survivor understands
There’s blood on your hands

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Steve White

Fri 8th Dec 2023 18:36

Well done M.C., you've given a perfect example of a prejudicial attitude to gay men.

Covid-19 disproportionately affected black people in the UK. You knew that, right?

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 8th Dec 2023 17:58

SW - both diseases were feared for very obvious reasons: their
source and how they were spread in such aggressive fashion.
Medicos in the West had little idea of what was going on and
were almost literally feeling in the dark, with politicians in a
derivative situation and loath to be seen to be panicking - which
was in no one's interest. I'm not sure how "prejudice" applies
in Covid but with Aids it just might have something to do with
what is known to have been going on in the so-called back rooms
of big city US bars - hardly indicative of anyone's idea of "safe sex". What happened to "Prevention is always better than cure"?

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Fri 8th Dec 2023 11:51

Thank you Steve.
"The dead can’t see the messages
You accidentally lost"

accidentally? Even I know what a "factory reset" is.

He was being advised by the most knowledgeable experts in their respective fields in the UK...and there are those who still try to justify his outright lies.
He was shown the evidence by the KC. at the inquiry and still, he tried to deny he'd said the words "let it rip"!
He should be in jail.

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Steve White

Fri 8th Dec 2023 10:07

Thanks everyone for your comments and likes.

Fascinating, M.C., that you draw parallels between the Covid-19 and HIV/AIDS pandemics as Margaret Thatcher was famously as slow to issue public health warnings as Boris Johnson was to take decisive action. Both favoured inactivity, both let the bodies pile high.

Similarly, the management of both pandemics was marred by prejudice and misinformation.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 7th Dec 2023 17:46

Who would have been in Bojo's position, faced with what was
on his plate almost immediately when taking office? No doubt
beset by the views of his various ministers, plus a legion of "we
know best" medicos ("experts" love to have their say in matters
of control), and trying to work out how to proceed in policy
and positioning of finance to cope with the unknown. There is
a similar situation with the sudden onset of "Aids" in the USA
and other lands, also connected with the speed and facility of
current travel for many across the world. What was faced in
both of these health onslaughts was outside prevalent
medical knowledge, in terms of both origin and cause/effect.
You are Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: State your
action and give reasons.

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John Gilbert Ellis

Thu 7th Dec 2023 10:16

Really well captured Steve.

My father who died of covid in a care home would have loved a word with Bozo and the other overpromoted, incompetent, so called leaders of this country,

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 7th Dec 2023 08:17

Thank you for this fast and telling reaction to his evidence, Steve. I think that 'oversized child' is the key phrase here; he should never have been in this job and was never up to the task.

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keith jeffries

Wed 6th Dec 2023 16:10

Thank you for this robust poem. The truth is never popular but your summary in poetic form has hit the nail on the head. I recall that this same individual promised us 40 new hospitals as he deceived us about Brexit. He will go down as one of history's buffoons.
Thank you indeed for this,

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Wed 6th Dec 2023 15:57

I'm very reluctant to criticise anyone's behaviour during lockdown, particularly as I broke the rules many times, albeit at a minor level and at a very low risk to others. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

(Though as the leader Boris should have been whiter than white, and seen to be so.)

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