A new YouGov poll shows that 66% of the UK population thinks that the government has not done everything it could to protect the public from the coronavirus.


First published in January 2021.


On the day the UK death toll officially exceeded 100,000, speaking during a Covid-19 press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson accepted full responsibility for his government’s decisions:

“I think on this day I should just really repeat that I am deeply sorry for every life that has been lost, and of course as I was prime minister I take full responsibility for everything that the government has done.”

He also added that his government had done “everything” to protect the public:

“What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can, to minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering in what has been a very, very difficult stage, and a very, very difficult crisis for our country, and we will continue to do that.”

But what is the public’s opinion on the PM’s claim?

A new YouGov poll shows that 66% of the UK population actually thinks that, contrary to Boris Johnson’s claim, the government has not done “everything” it could to protect them from the coronavirus.



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[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 28 January 2021. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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