Home > Covid, National Politics > Taking us out of Covid Rules too quickly could prove as costly as it was to take us too far in. Boris is pulling political stunts that defy practical reality and the chances are it will result in more pain

Taking us out of Covid Rules too quickly could prove as costly as it was to take us too far in. Boris is pulling political stunts that defy practical reality and the chances are it will result in more pain

The chances are, showman or not, Boris Johnson has come to hate the weekly spectacle that is Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs).

As recent weeks and months have increasingly come to confirm that as a Politician and Leader, Johnson really is as vacuous as he looks, it has become apparent that the Prime Minister only feels at home in the spotlight, where he is the centre of attention and able to feel like he is fully in control.

Whilst Keir Starmer really offers nothing new or anything better than our Conservative Prime Minister, the Labour Leader has managed to outshine Johnson at PMQs and made it appear that he wasn’t expending much effort to do so.

Minded of this and the wider campaign that No10 is currently engaged in an attempt to make everyone forget Boris’ lies over Partygate, all without him either apologising or being cleared, it should perhaps be no great surprise that Wednesday’s 12 Noon focus of the News Channels would be seen as a great platform to produce one of those white rabbits from the hat, and end up killing two birds with one stone.

Getting to his feet in Parliament yesterday, Johnson opened by announcing that Covid rules would end a month earlier than the 24th of March as had been intended. In one moment, he effectively stole this week’s PMQs show.

On the face of it, the diversion worked a treat. There can be little doubt that as the Metropolitan Police Investigation grumbles on, the complete removal of anything left of the Covid Rules the Johnson Tories imposed before it ends will quickly become less than relevant in the minds of many. To them, the whole thing will be over and what Boris has done won’t matter anymore at all.

It’s a cynical ruse for sure. One that depends on the Covid Pandemic really being over. One that relies on there being no future Lockdown or series of steps backwards towards it brought about by another variant that causes massive problems. Problems that will be in no small part caused because of the way the Government has already messed with people’s heads.

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I’ve always been against Lockdowns and the unnecessary Covid Measures that followed and have been one of the few to have continually spoken out against them right from the very start.

My view has been based on practicality. With dealing with the realities of all the things that happen as they happen. Not as the Politicians have been doing, by building a strategy based on what ifs and things that haven’t even happened yet and in many cases never did happen or never will.

So, with this in mind, I find myself in the rather curious position of suggesting that lifting all remaining Covid Rules may not be the best thing to do. That yet again and in very polar fashion, Boris is not showing leadership and taking the practical approach to the situation that good leadership would. And that he may just be taking a massive bet with our future, in the hope that a lifetime of bluster will come to the rescue and this time deliver a Lazarus-esque personal win.

Practical reality:

That we are where we are in the UK today, is very fortunate given the way that other Countries are experiencing and dealing with Covid. Not least of all because the Government created a situation where so many people still believe that Covid is worse than any other illness like flu that have long been endemic. Instead, now requiring that special treatments for Covid be imposed upon the healthy many, rather than sensibly offered and given to just the poorly few.

Viruses continually mutate. Whilst the Omicron variant turned out not only to dominate the previous Delta variant, but also cause less problems for those who have been infected, the euphoria, celebrations and release from Johnsons Jail with out any kind of follow up, could, very regrettably prove to be very short lived. That is IF we don’t continue to take the minimum steps that we can to protect the UK, without them being a burden on normal or everyday life.

We have all lived through the experience of how quickly Covid spread across the UK, once we had let the virus in.

No new Covid variant that comes from any Country outside of the UK would be any different. And if a new Covid variant should prove to create outcomes for people that are more severe or complicated than the Omicron Variant, chances are that with each and every Covid rule removed, we could very easily find everyone, and everything being taken right back to Covid ground zero in no time at all.

Such an event would not be manageable in the soundbite-heavy ‘its time to live with Covid’ way that Johnson and his Government would like us now to believe. This is simply because of the latent fear the Government created that rests within the minds of so many. Fear that itself cannot and would not be mitigated because of the failure of the Government to refocus, reform and develop new and improved resources so that the NHS can cope with an upsurge in cases. A scenario that will inevitably lead our fearful political leaders to shut down the Country once again, just so our dysfunctional National Health Service can cope.

Lockdowns were never necessary. But the use of Behavioural Science made them so.

Furlough money, Covid loans, grants and subsidies were not the way to help and support businesses that couldn’t operate or employees that were unable to work.

Together, they have scarred and damaged individuals, businesses and the economic situation of the UK itself. There is no way that we can go through all of this madness all over again and come out of it in a way that will work.

Keeping our communities, regions and the Country able to function for however long it takes until Covid itself, or the way that people respond to are no longer a threat to ‘normal’ life should be an ongoing priority for the Government. One that is in the best interests of us all.

For instance, the situation no longer exists where international travel, shipping and holidays come without the obvious risk that a visitor to the UK, or a resident returning will bring a new Covid variant in.

Border checks and tests are a minor inconvenience for the small number of people who make the voluntary choice to travel. And it is only by restoring and keeping practical steps just like these in place, that Boris or indeed any of our political leaders can be sure of a real, people-focused win.

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