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    THE-99%
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    Some people are trying to organise a ‘clap’, for Boris, maybe they could get the 953 people who have just died to join in.
    He’s been a shambles throughout this crisis, how many deaths did he contribute to when he was shaking hands going against his medical expert’s advice?. I think he’s hidden away in hospital for the sympathy vote then when the ‘curve’ flattens he’ll come out out hands raised claiming the credit
    I’ve just witnessed the health secretary try blame NHS workers for using too much PPE for the fact they haven’t ordered enough.
    We should be looking to prosecute this governeemnt not, applaud it. The BBC are a disgrace,letting these murderers off the hook with headlines about Johnson s dad to hide the enormous screw up this government has presided over.
    No ventilators ordered to placate Brexit voters, no lockdown because they wanted this herd shit. We are heading for being one of the worst hit countries and it’s down to very tory voter, they have blood on their hands.
    They eventually source ventilators from someone who hasn’t made any yet and has no design for one. only qualification is being a Tory backer.

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    I blame overpaid footballers. Copyright Matt Spatchcock

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    It’d be more helpful if he stopped talking out of his backside

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    stolen from elsewhere.
    Tory health secretary Matt Hancock has had to abandon his tactic of trash talking professional footballers because nobody bought it, and because everyone can see that the footballers are actually doing loads more to help than the corporate billionaires, hedge fund spivs, tax-dodgers, city speculators, and Russian oligarchs who bankroll the Tory party.

    So today he’s come up with another ploy. He’s decided to turn the shortage of protective gear for medical workers around by blaming the medical workers themselves for supposedly using too much PPE, like binning disposable gloves, gowns, and masks is something they get some kind of perverse kick out of.

    The reason medical workers have had to fight this virus with inadequate masks, wearing bin bags, or with no protective gear at all is that the Tory government decided to ignore warnings about PPE shortages before the crisis even happened, then spent months twiddling their thumbs instead of making PPE acquisition an urgent priority.

    But as usual the Tories are playing blame deflection, and “blame the victim” is one of their favourite deflection tactics of all.

    They can’t even bring themselves to tell us how many NHS staff have died from Covid-19, but they will tell us that it’s their own fault for supposedly wasting PPE.

    Everyone to blame except themselves.

    There’s no limit to their depravity.

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    And as we know from all the best sitcoms and countless film scripts, once you told one lie you can’t stop.

    You can’t go back and say “actually we weren’t fully truthful. We unreservedly apologise”. Well you can but you’d lose face and suffer a backlash of public condemnation.

    And if you’re a government who wants to stay in power and will do anything within your means, fair or foul, to do that, you stay in the hole and keep digging.

    The one thing Hancock is right about is that it’ll get worse before it gets better.

    No shit, Sherlock!

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    Apologies for the length of this post. The Government blame game has been in full swing for weeks now, whilst their backers make hundreds of millions in profit. Blame the public, the police, the labs, the footballers, the NHS heroes and when/if we get through this it will be the experts!!

    (This text copied from a comment on a Guardian article)

    And this is despite the BoE asking them to stop short selling UK companies during the crisis (see link below).

    These Brexit funding ’patriots’ are causing some perfectly sound business to collapse for personal gain. Even on the midst of a crisis which will damage many companies and the jobs of millions without their selfish acts.

    In August the Times reported “Boris Johnson’s pro-Brexit backer Crispin Odey has made a £300m bet against British businesses and stands to make huge profits from the woes of the UK economy.” and this “patriot” told the Mail On Sunday that his fund had made £115m from shorting UK stocks in March of this year alone.

    Not all Hedge fund managers are necessarily tarred with the same brush but Odey is a habitual shorter. Wrapping themselves in our flag while wrecking the lives of millions of UK citizens and contributing to the economic impact on the nation and ordinary working families, including many they help con re the EU and Brexit.

    As Philip Hammond said in the Times re these same people “There is only one outcome that works for them, a crash-out no-deal Brexit that sends the currency tumbling and inflation soars.”

    All while NHS staff were putting their lives at risk, and that of their families, to help others.

    It is debatable how much leverage the like of Mr Odey has on policy but Chanel 4 uncovered he had advised the PM to prorogue parliament and Boris’s sister, Rachel Johnson, also said she believed the PM”s aggressive behaviour may be due to pressure “people who have invested billions in shorting the pound or shorting the country in the expectation of a no-deal Brexit.” While his brother, Jo Johnson said on resigning “he no longer trusted Boris Johnson was acting in the national interest.”

    John Redwood, while publicly pressing for a hard Brexit as part of the ERG was privately advising clients to take their money out of the UK and to reinvest after we leave when there will be bargains to be had. Fellow ERG member Reese-Mogg’s company also turning this to profit advertising that the crisis was an opportunity for “extraordinary returns”.

    Apart from being pseudoscience, at best, he herd immunity strategy meant deliberately overwhelming the NHS and would have necessitated care being focus only on this with the best chance of survival and longest potential lifespan, i.e. effectively culling older citizens and those with underlying health conditions.

    The Sunday Times reported that “Cummings was an earlier proponent of herd immunity” and said a private engagement in February “herd immunity, protect the economy and if that means some pensioners die, too bad.” Trouble is it’s not just a few pensioners.

    Implicit in the herd immunity strategy is also knowingly sacrificing large numbers of NHS staff and putting their families at considerable risk.

    Just think, some of the many families that will harmed by the actions of these particular hedge funds, there will be families that have been put in unnecessary danger by the Governments actions, or lack of, and will have also have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and then there goes their job as well.

    It’s alright putting on a Churchill voice and talking about resolve, fortitude and pulling together but not when the people funding you are adding to the impact on the nation’s economy, harming ordinary citizens all for personal gain.

    As Deborah Meaden said “The Conservatives claim to be a party for Business. They are not. They are the Party of hedge funds and financiers. They have no understanding of what is needed to help Business and no desire to.” Hmm, may be they are…

    Original article below:

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/09/hedge-funds-raking-in-billions-during-coronavirus-crisis

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    All too true, sadly.

    Vote Tory again, get a recession again – looks like a massive crash is on the way, with speculators like Rees Mogg the only ones to benefit.

    Why do people still support them? It makes you think that same people don’t deserve to live in a democracy with a free media, since they go into denial about all the bad news, or just pretend it’s not happening.

    The doffers would be more comfortable in North Korea under Kim Jong Un in a one party state, with all dissent silenced and a press controlled by the Party, with no freedom to criticise. As a good citizen it’s your duty to just be proud of your great leader, no matter how bad things get. Just like Jonnie, in fact.

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    I’ve been trying to urge restraint on criticising the government too much in this crisis, believing that we can only get through this if we pull together between parties for the sake of the nation. Now is not the time for disputes.

    However, it’s so hard when prats like Hancock undermine institutions to try and deflect blame from themselves. It’s hard when they politicise it through their own excuses. I hoped that the Tories wouldn’t resort to finger pointing at everyone else like they have done for the past few years with Brexit because this is too severe a crisis for refusing to take responsibility, but this is just more of the same deflective nonsense we’ve seen all too often from this government. It’s not terminal just yet for this crisis, but people like Hancock need to wind their necks in, otherwise we’ll see a divide in public opinion because the Tories are trying to avoid responsibility for their own actions yet again.

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