When the UK Government’s level of incompetence and arrogance reaches epic proportions before our very eyes.

First published in June 2020.

The week in Tory...

1. The government issued rules to quarantine new arrivals.

2. Their definition of ‘quarantine’ allows popping out for food, using public transport, and moving house.

3. They told us 113 people died the day the lockdown was relaxed.

4. It was actually 556, the highest for a month.

5. They said it was safe to relax the lockdown because infections were down.

6. Infections are nearly two times higher than the day the lockdown started.

Coronavirus infections and deaths in the UK. / Worldometers

7. They refused to release a report into high BAME coronavirus deaths, because there is too much racism right now to let them address race issues.

8. They stopped electronic voting in parliament because it is undemocratic if MPs aren’t standing behind Boris Johnson, yelling during PMQs.

Proceedings during the Pandemic. / The Hansard - UK Parliament | 2 June 2020

9. Italy’s parliament has been successfully doing electronic voting throughout the lockdown.

10. The Lords are still virtual sitting and about to introduce electronic voting.

11. Plan to re-open parliament means that to vote, MPs must form a 1.3km socially-distanced queue out of parliament, and up the road.

12. There are no provisions for ill or vulnerable MPs, so those MPs cannot vote.

13. So their constituents now have no representation in parliament.

14. Boris Johnson was reported as saying Dominic Cummings is on his final warning.

15. 12 hours later, it was reported the house Cummings visited in Durham is his second home, might not have planning permission, and does not pay council tax.

16. Boris Johnson did nothing.

17. Boris Johnson said the public would decide what to do about Dominic Cummings.

18. 81% of the public think Cummings broke the rules.

19. 66% of the public think Cumming should be sacked.

20. Boris Johnson did nothing.

21. The government continued to claim it was guided by the science.

22. Half of the SAGE scientific advisory committee publicly pleaded with the government not to relax the lockdown.

23. Two SAGE spokespeople openly criticised Dominic Cummings during briefings.

24. Boris Johnson did nothing.

25. Housing minister Robert Jenrick admitted unlawfully signing off a dodgy £1bn development by a Tory donor.

26. The police have been called to investigate, but he remains a government minister, in spite of admitting illegal activity and possible corruption.

27. Boris Johnson did nothing.

28. The government repeatedly uses the phrase “our apparent success” in tackling coronavirus.

29. We have 65,000 excess deaths.

30. This is the highest in Europe, and second-highest daily deaths per-capita worldwide.

31. So obviously, we re-opened Ikea.

32. The government said they were not re-opening playgrounds, because children from different households might wipe snot on the slides.

Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England. / Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport | 1 June 2020

33. They re-opened primary schools, where children from different households wipe snot on literally everything.

34. The government refused to consider delaying Brexit, even though they accept we will not be ready, it will cause a hard border down the Irish sea, and no deal will cut GDP by 10% for a decade.

35. This is because they say we can make a great deal with America.

36. America is on fire.

37. The AI firm that helped Vote Leave win Brexit has been handed a government contract to handle citizen’s data, but nobody knows what it is, because it is redacted.

38. The UK Statistics Authority announced the government is habitually misleading the public on coronavirus.

39. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock celebrated a “capacity” of 200,000 tests, but for a week has refused to say how many tests are actually being done.

40. We are still counting each person tested as 2 separate tests – one nasal, one throat. So even if it is 200,000, it means 100,000 people.

41. We still have no tracing app, the manual tracing scheme is not functioning, and many of its operators have had only 2 hours training from a promised – and insufficient – 8 hours.

42. Matt Hancock laughed for 1 minute and 12 seconds when confronted with this on live television.

43. We were told scam calls would be obvious, because tracing operators ‘speak professionally’.

44. The former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal said: “I spent a lifetime prosecuting people speaking professionally while taking your money and your lives”.

45. The Health Secretary said dentists could go back to work, which was a shock to dentists because they had not been told they could re-open.

46. The lockdown for those ‘shielding’ vulnerable people was relaxed without telling the BMA, GPs, or updating government’s own written advice.

47. The Health Secretary said horse-racing starting again was wonderful news on the day we reached 60,000 excess deaths.

48. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Nandos re-opening was the news we were all hoping for on the day we reached 61,000 excess deaths.

49. We relaxed lockdown from Level 4 to Level 3, and plan to relax down to Level 1, on the advice of the Joint Biosecurity Centre.

50. Matt Hancock revealed the Joint Biosecurity Centre doesn’t exist yet.

51. It is 125 days since our first case.

We have had 4 months of this.🔷


Check their Voting Record:

🗳️ Boris Johnson

🗳️ Jacob Rees-Mogg

🗳️ Robert Jenrick

🗳️ Matt Hancock

🗳️ Rishi Sunak

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 2 June 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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