There is no more time to waste in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. What we need now is action and decisive leadership, not endless promises and wannabes trying to raise their profile.
First published in April 2020.
The good news this weekend was that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was released from London’s St Thomas’ Hospital this Sunday. We wish him a quick and peaceful recovery at Chequers.
The not so-good news is that you may have noticed the lazy performances of his Cabinet ministers in the past week’s daily briefings. Besides the fact that they risk the government being sued for not providing a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, and one of their colleagues, Robert Jenrick, is being urged to explain why he visited his parents’ home during lockdown, senior ministers from Dominic Raab to Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel and Matt Hancock, have been as bad as the death toll due to Covid-19 in the UK.
Between their repetitive narrative, the untold infected NHS staff figures, the fake PPE promises and announcements, we have very sadly been blessed with the most useless and inefficient governement we could have wished for in such time of crisis.
The problem is that we are living a crisis within the crisis. A crisis of leadership with multiple wannabe-leaders and wannabe-PMs who have neither the efficiency nor the dynamism, the style or the charisma of a leader. None of them manages to project themselves as an inspiring leader ready to turn things round. The type of leader who only needs a few words to tell people, “I know what is happening. It is a difficul time we are going through. We will overcome that together”, and thus inspires an entire nation, a continent, the world.
What about this Government and the Health Secretary stop making yet more big announcements with big promises of millions of facemasks and PPEs for NHS workers which they have so far been totally unable to fulfil, and simply act as a respectable government would instead?
If the governments, here and elsewhere in the world, do not take Covid-19 really seriously at this crucial moment and decide to prioritise the economy instead of saving lives, it will just crush and annihilate all our efforts to stay home to save lives, and eventually destroy the rest of us too.
There is no time to waste any longer. Can you not see? Can you not hear? NHS workers have been telling us again and again: they need PPEs. Not for tomorrow. For yesterday. So, to paraphrase Tedros Adhanom, the head of the World Health Organization, what is needed now is for every government to act, act, act.
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🗳️ Dominic Raab
🗳️ Rishi Sunak
🗳️ Priti Patel
🗳️ Matt Hancock