Fully aware, as he must have been at this date, of the implications of ignoring the best advice, look at this interview (see below). What is going on here? Are we getting accurate and clear advice? The Government might not have stated the policy in public as such - take it on the chin - yet when we examine the time line of global awareness of a unusual form of pneumonia in emerging in Wuhan late November through to identifying a novel corona virus, in early January having sequenced it's genome and thus confirming the nature of a novel pathogen and the implementation of epidemiological protocols in January into February in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, then the British Governments lack of a response is at odds with the realities of the situation. Take note of the speed with which the Chinese and international medical, virology and epidemiological research community responded once they had identified that the virus was indeed a new virus for which there was no immunity, and the speed with which China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong implemented the correct protocols to stop the spread of infection. Contrast that with the lack of a determined response in similar fashion by the British Government and National Health England when they were categorically warned and alerted that serious and immediate action must be taken, to prevent thousands upon thousands of avoidable fatalities, the only logical analysis is that the policy was indeed to allow the infection spread across the population. "Take it on the Chin." Now, it appears that in mentioning it on live breakfast TV, Johnson put that policy aside - and offered a different policy as the way forward. But did he? Did the policy really change? If it had, then there is no evidence in material terms at that time, that it has changed. The lack of PPE, the lack of stock piles of kit and medicines, the lack of effective and clear public communication, the failure to introduce distancing policies, the lack of attention to detail and the wilful rejection of prior learned experience notably the contact tracing work carried our in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, amount to allowing the NHS to take it on the chin.
"Tory MP Priti Patel has told the paper that these *warnings should have been used as leverage against Ireland to encourage them to drop the backstop.
“This *paper appears to show the government were well aware Ireland will face significant issues in a no-deal scenario. Why hasn’t this point been pressed home during negotiations? There is still time to go back to Brussels and get a better deal.”
Using food shortages as a political leverage. https://www.thejournal.ie/brexit-threat-food-shortages-ireland-4381228-Dec2018/
People educated in a sense of entitlement to Rule, a sense of genetic and intellectual superiority to the general population, and an historic loyalty to the Crown and The Establishment above all else, the Power.
Sir Charles Trevelyan one of the British politicians charged with managing the response to the famine echoes the words of Iain Duncan Smith, who rejected the idea of applying Universal Basic Income as a short term solution to help workers and employers bear the burden of a shut-down during the looming crisis :
Sir Charles Trevelyan: his wiki page
"If the Irish once find out that there are any circumstances in which they can get free government grants, we shall have a system of mendicancy [begging] such as the world never knew”.
“The great evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people"
Iain Duncan Smith : source
"One proposal being pushed around at the moment is the redundant idea of a Universal Basic Income. Let me say now, it’s un-affordable, impractical, produces massive disincentives for people to work and most importantly won’t make any difference to poverty in this country. And even if that weren’t enough, this would not be the moment for such a massive upheaval of our welfare system."
It appears that it was not Rishi Sunak who uttered those words - it was some other high official, who is remaining coy. Nonetheless, the pattern is clear and continuous. No mention of the upheaval of a tsunami of COVID 19 cases across the country, and the potential for tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of fatalities, logn term chronic health impacts and the disruption of cycles of shut-down, open up, next wave, shut down etc.. So there it is, the repeated behavioural dynamic, across 100's of years.
I think it's worth mentioning in passing this website which record the details, of British Empire sentiment, action and rationalisations of policy as recorded in Hansard, the Parliamentary record, in news media of the day, and in private archives.
He has been vlogging on this since early January.
Dr. John Campbell, UK - I highly recommend his channel as a way to access grounded information that is presented calmly without diluting it's seriousness.