LOCKDOWN London yesterday gave a two-fingered salute to the so-called specialists who’ve cried “wolf” too typically.
Anybody with a second residence within the Cotswolds or a pal with a spare room may have piled up their 4x4s, household saloons or electrical bikes and bought the hell out of Covid Central.
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Coronavirus will solid a protracted shadow over our Christmas dinner tables this yr
Sensibly, police did nothing to cease them, regardless of exhortations to implement the brand new guidelines from rattled Well being supremo Matt Hancock.
In the meantime, hundreds of college students and staff flooded INTO the capital, leaving their lonely bedsits to hitch households for the festive reunion Boris so solemnly promised.
To be honest to the PM, he was left with no alternative after being bounced into making his Tier 4 announcement by scientists late on Saturday afternoon.
Sadly, among the previous, frail and sick whose lives we are attempting to avoid wasting by leaving them residence alone shall be celebrating their final Christmas with Zoom and chilly turkey.
This virus-spreading churn will unfold the brand new Covid variant throughout the nation — exactly the alternative of what doomster Prof Chris Whitty, our Chief Medical Officer, supposed.
Polls say one in ten of the 16.4million individuals now in Tier 4 will flout the stay-home guidelines. Brace yourselves for nationwide incarceration.
Polls say one in ten individuals now in Tier 4 will flout the stay-home guidelinesCredit score: Rex Options
Even the Blitz Christmases of World Conflict Two, which I’m simply sufficiently old to recollect, weren’t fairly so bleak.
For the third time in 9 months we’re being requested to huddle indoors, wash our arms and save the NHS.
Certainly, the one cause we’re locked down is to avoid wasting the NHS.
The brand new pressure of Covid is not any extra lethal than the primary one. It simply spreads sooner. Nor does it seem extra proof against the good anti-Covid vaccines coming on-stream.
But whereas we bend the knee to the sacred NHS, the NHS just isn’t returning the praise.
Hospital beds aren’t any extra crowded this December than in some other current midwinter interval.
There aren’t any sufferers ready on trolleys in corridors or held exterior in ambulances — as they have been within the Beast From The East winter simply two years in the past.
Those pristine £200million Nightingale hospitals remain empty, successfully mothballed.
For some cause, regardless of all the teachings discovered from the primary two lockdowns, and the money poured into NHS pay rises, there usually are not sufficient workers to handle hospital admissions.
Too many docs and nurses are self-isolating as a result of another person has examined constructive, casualties of that hideously costly white elephant, take a look at and hint.
The brand new pandemic panic comes with the jaw-dropping information that hospitals themselves are the No 1 supply of Covid.
Greater than 10,000 uninfected sufferers caught the bug AFTER being admitted to hospital for different causes.
Truly this could come as no shock to households who’ve misplaced family members because of the explosion of hospital- acquired killer infections akin to MRSA and sepsis.
Hospitals are larger bug-spreaders than all Tier 4 pubs, eating places and retailers added collectively, now closed at nose-bleeding price to their homeowners and the economic system at giant.
The boy who cried “wolf” mimics the alarmism which has so immediately undermined belief in politicians, and the Public Well being England and Sage scientists who now run Britain.
It started in March with “Bonking Boffin” Neil Ferguson’s scandalous shroud-waving prediction of half 1,000,000 Covid corpses. He has nonetheless not apologised.
It continued with pretend forecasts of 4,000 dying EVERY DAY within the second lockdown — binned after they have been proved false.
Now we have now the most recent high-speed Covid 2020-12-01 which suspiciously hit Boris between the eyes on Friday afternoon.
“Crying wolf” works. It stored hundreds of thousands of cowed residents indoors or behind masks all yr.
If Prof Whitty has his manner, masks will deface the human race ceaselessly.
Panic has shut down the economic system, destroying jobs and crushing our youngsters and grandchildren beneath mountains of unpayable debt.
It has inflicted big harm on the psychological well being of younger and previous alike.
Boris will not again down
A NO-DEAL Brexit is now successfully nailed on earlier than Christmas – thanks partly to Covid.
Vindictive French President Emmanuel Macron gained’t budge on fish.
He thinks Britain will come again begging for a deal after just a few months exterior. He’s making an enormous mistake.
Management of our coastal waters is the totemic subject on which Boris Johnson can not give up.
The PM has been bruised by his pressured retreat over lockdown.
He is aware of a second give up – on sovereignty – would destroy his premiership at a stroke.
And it has already price numerous most cancers, coronary heart and kidney sufferers the lives our NHS is meant to avoid wasting.
A method or one other, it’s been a rackety previous yr, of us, however thanks for studying and particularly for all of your pretty letters.
I want you all of the merriest of Covid-free Christmases — and a Brexit-lite New 12 months.
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