It seems fashionable at the moment to knock various governments for their handling of the pandemic, but these will be decisions that I'm glad I don't have to make.
There is only one government on whose handling of the crisis I feel qualified to speak, and since, when I lived in Crete, I castigated others for making this forum so Anglocentric, I have been staying out of this discussion.
But, Tim, I can’t let that go. It is not “fashionable”, believe me, to knock the UK government’s handling of the pandemic. It is an obligation, a moral imperative, for any responsible British citizen who has been following the deadly doings of the Johnson maladministration to draw attention to what is happening in Britain. It goes far beyond radical chic, beyond political affiliation.
Every country in the world has faced and is facing the huge problem of balancing the health of the economy and the health of its people. It's the toughest call for an administration that can be imagined. But the British government’s deadly failure to do that successfully has had it likened to a banana republic which is probably an insult to banana republics, and exposed the many suspect reasons for that failure.
Like many others I have been watching appalled, noting with mounting disbelief the inadequacy and incompetence, the unrepentant self-justification, the cynical disregard for the common weal compounded by corruption and cronyism, which has resulted in financial and human disaster.
Rant over. I shall now withdraw from the discussion and save my breath to cool my (thankfully Scottish) porage.