Thursday 30 July 2020

Highest Rate of Excess

England has Europe's highest rate of excess deaths from Covid-19. The fact that the other side is fiscally and internationally more hawkish, and even more cavalier with working-class and politically black lives, is the only reason not to call for the Government to resign on the spot.

The lockdown was imposed too late, and it is being lifted too early, in order to placate people who, despite having worked from home for years, have suddenly decided that they had somewhere that they urgently needed to be. I would love to know where that place was.

They have moaned, and moaned, and moaned in the newspaper columns that they otherwise use to bellow about how they are being silenced by "cancel culture". Some of us have never not been cancelled. What is to be their next revelation? The existence of fake news?

But they have spent 15 years demanding that Boris Johnson be made Prime Minister, and dismissing out of hand the claims of everyone else, including four successive holders of the office. They are tied to him. He need not give any thought whatever to them.

And in general he does not, while his successor simply never does at all. The Budget of March 2020 has ended the era that began with the Budget of 1976. The Centre is the think tank for this new era. It already has plenty going on.

None of that would be possible under the people who were now back in charge of what little remained of the Labour Party, permanently eight to 10 points behind a Government that had caused the needless deaths of 70,000 people and counting.

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