Buck-passing is a Boris Johnson speciality, yet the PM’s shamelessness in blaming care-home owners for 20,000 coronavirus deaths is gobsmacking.
Discharging 25,000 hospital patients without testing them for Covid-19 was disastrous and undoubtedly fuelled the death toll – and an honest PM would accept some responsibility.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s boast that the Government threw a “protective ring” around the homes and now Johnson’s controversial claim are both contemptible.
Some homes could have done better. But for Johnson to point the finger at “too many” is damning for a Downing Street presiding over one of the world’s worst virus death rates.
From dithering to PPE shortages, the tests failure and the care home tragedy, never mind the economic damage, Johnson’s incompetent leadership has been a disaster.
It’s why public confidence has drained away in both the Government and the PM himself.
Far East fears
China is an economic and military superpower, so the Government must consider carefully how to deal with it when a cold war would harm both countries.
Human rights abuses cannot be ignored and security issues are important, yet so are trade and the development of the 5G next generation mobile phone and internet network.
So the PM must take a principled stand on Hong Kong and the persecution of China’s Uyghur minority, but avoid insulting Beijing.
Our Government’s unethical foreign policy is riddled with inconsistencies as brutal Saudi Arabia is supplied with British weapons used to slaughter civilians in neighbouring Yemen.
But ignoring China’s oppression and dangers aren’t easy options Johnson should take.
Hair is one cut we can all enjoy in a world emerging from the coronavirus lockdown.
Salons and barbers snipping away are a welcome relief for customers who can now go out and let down what’s left of their hair.